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1,500 metres, Women

Date9 – 11 August 1984
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants22 from 15 countries

The GDR and USSR historically had dominated women’s middle distance running but they were not present in 1984, because of the Soviet-led boycott. However, in 1983, Mary Decker (USA) had won the 1,500 and 3,000 double at the World Championships, narrowly Soviet runners in both races. But Decker was not running as well in 1984, and chose to concentrate on the 3,000 at the Olympics, though that would turn out be ill-fated. The favorites role fell to Romania’s Maricica Puică, with her teammate Doina Melinte, expected to challenge her, and earlier in Los Angeles she had won the 800. The first two laps were led by Britain’s Christina Boxer, but with 600 metres left, Italy’s Gabriella Dorio took the lead, pulling Melinte with her. Melinte took the lead on the final backstretch, but Dorio passed her on the homestretch to win the gold.

1226Gabriella DorioITA4:04.51 (1 h2)4:03.25 (1)Gold
2315Doina MelinteROU4:10.48 (=1 h1)4:03.76 (2)Silver
3316Maricica PuicăROU4:05.30 (2 h2)4:04.15 (3)Bronze
451Roswitha GerdesFRG4:10.64 (=4 h1)4:04.41 (4)
5149Chris BenningGBR4:10.48 (=1 h1)4:04.70 (5)
6150Christina BoxerGBR4:07.40 (4 h2)4:05.53 (6)
7122Brit McRobertsCAN4:10.64 (=4 h1)4:05.98 (7)
8405Ruth WysockiUSA4:06.65 (3 h2)4:08.92 (8)
9314Fița LovinROU4:10.58 (3 h1)4:09.11 (9)
1061Debbie ScottCAN4:09.16 (6 h2)4:10.41 (10)
11165Lynne MacDougallGBR4:09.08 (5 h2)4:10.58 (11)
12204Elly van HulstNED4:10.69 (6 h1)4:11.58 (12)
7 h1 r1/2388Missy KaneUSA4:11.86 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2331Jill McCabeSWE4:16.48 (7 h2)
8 h1 r1/2393Diana RichburgUSA4:13.35 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/271Alejandra RamosCHI4:22.03 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/2271Helen RitterLIE4:19.39 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/29Liliana GóngoraARG4:28.02 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/2259Justina ChepchirchirKEN4:21.97 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2411Marcianne MukamurenziRWA4:31.56 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/23Laverne BryanANT4:32.44 (11 h1)
12 h1 r1/289Kriscia GarcíaESA4:38.00 (12 h1)
DNS124Margrit KlingerFRG– (DNS h2)

Round One (9 August 1984 — 17:25)

Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
=1149Chris BenningGBR4:10.48Q
=1315Doina MelinteROU4:10.48Q
3314Fița LovinROU4:10.58Q
=4122Brit McRobertsCAN4:10.64Q
=451Roswitha GerdesFRG4:10.64Q
6204Elly van HulstNED4:10.69q
7388Missy KaneUSA4:11.86
8393Diana RichburgUSA4:13.35
9271Helen RitterLIE4:19.39
10259Justina ChepchirchirKEN4:21.97
113Laverne BryanANT4:32.44
1289Kriscia GarcíaESA4:38.00

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1226Gabriella DorioITA4:04.51Q
2316Maricica PuicăROU4:05.30Q
3405Ruth WysockiUSA4:06.65Q
4150Christina BoxerGBR4:07.40Q
5165Lynne MacDougallGBR4:09.08q
661Debbie ScottCAN4:09.16q
7331Jill McCabeSWE4:16.48
871Alejandra RamosCHI4:22.03
99Liliana GóngoraARG4:28.02
10411Marcianne MukamurenziRWA4:31.56
DNS124Margrit KlingerFRG

Final (11 August 1984 — 18:20)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1226Gabriella DorioITA4:03.25
2315Doina MelinteROU4:03.76
3316Maricica PuicăROU4:04.15
451Roswitha GerdesFRG4:04.41
5149Chris BenningGBR4:04.70
6150Christina BoxerGBR4:05.53
7122Brit McRobertsCAN4:05.98
8405Ruth WysockiUSA4:08.92
9314Fița LovinROU4:09.11
1061Debbie ScottCAN4:10.41
11165Lynne MacDougallGBR4:10.58
12204Elly van HulstNED4:11.58


400 m1:06.2Christina Boxer-Cahill
800 m2:14.7Christina Boxer-Cahill
1200 m3:17.0Gabriella Dorio