| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date29 September – 1 October 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants59 from 46 countries

Two-time defending champion Sebastian Coe was not chosen for the British team. But Steve Cram was back and became the first runner to make the 1,500 final at three Olympics. The world record was held by Morocco’s Saïd Aouita, who had won the 5K in 1984. Aouita ran but withdrew from the semis with a hamstring injury. The 1983 World Champion Abdi Bile of Somalia had to withdraw shortly before the Olympics began, because of a tibial stress fracture. The final was run at a slow pace, with Kenya’s Peter Rono taking the lead at 700 metres, the 800 being passed in over two minutes. He was completely unheralded but held the lead to the end, never letting any of the kickers pass him. His final 800 was run in 1:50.0.

1668Peter RonoKEN3:37.65 (1 h3)3:38.25 (2 h2)3:35.96 (1)Gold
2418Peter ElliottGBR3:38.60 (3 h3)3:38.56 (3 h1)3:36.15 (2)Silver
3466Jens-Peter HeroldGDR3:40.87 (1 h4)3:38.59 (5 h2)3:36.21 (3)Bronze
4415Steve CramGBR3:40.89 (1 h1)3:38.30 (2 h1)3:36.24 (4)
51128Steve ScottUSA3:41.57 (2 h1)3:38.20 (1 h2)3:36.99 (5)
6513Han KulkerNED3:40.90 (2 h4)3:39.06 (4 h1)3:37.08 (6)
7649Kip CheruiyotKEN3:39.98 (1 h2)3:38.09 (1 h1)3:37.94 (7)
8555Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:42.01 (6 h1)3:38.84 (6 h2)3:38.39 (8)
9877Mário SilvaPOR3:42.24 (5 h2)3:38.56 (4 h2)3:38.77 (9)
101068Jeff AtkinsonUSA3:38.33 (2 h3)3:39.12 (5 h1)3:40.80 (10)
11650Joseph ChesireKEN3:41.72 (4 h1)3:39.17 (6 h1)3:40.82 (11)
121186Omer KhalifaSUD3:41.46 (5 h4)3:38.40 (3 h2)3:41.07 (12)
7 h1 r2/3231Mogens GuldbergDEN3:42.01 (3 h2)3:39.86 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3939Markus HacksteinerSUI3:39.05 (4 h3)3:39.18 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3326Rémy GeoffroyFRA3:41.68 (3 h1)3:40.96 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31083Mark DeadyUSA3:41.91 (2 h2)3:39.47 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/38Rachid KramALG3:39.90 (6 h3)3:41.39 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3414Steve CrabbGBR3:41.12 (3 h4)3:39.55 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/3230Spyros SpyrouCYP3:42.32 (9 h3)3:43.49 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/3111Mbiganyi TheeBOT3:41.97 (8 h3)3:42.62 (10 h2)
11 h2 r2/3584Gennaro Di NapoliITA3:41.85 (5 h1)3:43.58 (11 h2)
12 h2 r2/3735Moustafa LachaalMAR3:39.20 (5 h3)3:45.65 (12 h2)
AC h1 r2/3737Abdel Majid MoncefMAR3:41.73 (6 h4)– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r2/3947Peter WirzSUI3:41.26 (4 h4)– (DNF h1)
4 h2 r1/3733Saïd AouitaMAR3:42.18 (4 h2)– (DNS h2)
6 h2 r1/3944Marco RappSUI3:42.64 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/3313Ari SuhonenFIN3:43.61 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3147Dave CampbellCAN3:42.97 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3115Joaquim CruzBRA3:40.92 (7 h3)– (DNS h1)
7 h4 r1/31012Mahmoud El-KalboussiTUN3:43.72 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/3112Zequinha BarbosaBRA3:44.46 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3891Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:44.43 (8 h2)
8 h4 r1/323Dale JonesANT3:51.22 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/31162Branko ZorkoYUG3:45.52 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3200Duan XiuquanCHN3:44.88 (9 h2)
9 h4 r1/3708Mohamed Barak Al-DosariKSA3:51.53 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/397Mike WatsonBER3:46.49 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/347Pat ScammellAUS3:45.21 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/3554Gerry O'ReillyIRL3:43.23 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/3895Eulucane NdagijimanaRWA3:51.61 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/31172Melford HomelaZIM3:47.38 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/3929Jama AdenSOM3:49.84 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/3681Jo Jin-SaengKOR3:45.63 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/312Josep GraellsAND3:52.68 (11 h4)
12 h1 r1/3240Hoche Yaya AdenDJI3:51.56 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/3839Ramón LópezPAR3:53.31 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/3977Jan KubistaTCH3:46.41 (12 h3)
12 h4 r1/31014Zeki ÖztürkTUR3:54.26 (12 h4)
13 h1 r1/316Eugénio KatombiANG3:54.25 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/3741Kenneth DzekedzekeMAW4:02.61 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/3292Moses Zarak KhanFIJ4:03.20 (13 h3)
13 h4 r1/3148Doug ConsiglioCAN3:55.31 (13 h4)
14 h1 r1/3917Modupe JonahSLE3:55.15 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/3488Bernardo ElongaGEQ4:16.40 (14 h2)
14 h3 r1/31150Awad Saleh AhmedYAR4:03.86 (14 h3)
14 h4 r1/3186Seid GayapléCHA3:58.46 (14 h4)
15 h1 r1/3780Mohamed Ould KhayarMTN4:12.18 (15 h1)
15 h3 r1/3807John SiguriaPNG4:07.04 (15 h3)
15 h4 r1/3785Hari RokayaNEP4:01.17 (15 h4)
DNS1193Nimley TwegbeLBR– (DNS h2)

Round One (29 September 1988)

Top five in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (15:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Steve CramGBR3:40.89Q
28Steve ScottUSA3:41.57Q
314Rémy GeoffroyFRA3:41.68Q
43Joseph ChesireKEN3:41.72Q
510Gennaro Di NapoliITA3:41.85Q
67Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:42.01q
75Ari SuhonenFIN3:43.61
86Zequinha BarbosaBRA3:44.46
911Branko ZorkoYUG3:45.52
109Mike WatsonBER3:46.49
1112Melford HomelaZIM3:47.38
1215Hoche Yaya AdenDJI3:51.56
134Eugénio KatombiANG3:54.25
141Modupe JonahSLE3:55.15
1513Mohamed Ould KhayarMTN4:12.18


400 m1:01
800 m2:02

Heat Two (15:20)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Kip CheruiyotKEN3:39.98Q
212Mark DeadyUSA3:41.91Q
31Mogens GuldbergDEN3:42.01Q
44Saïd AouitaMAR3:42.18Q
514Mário SilvaPOR3:42.24Q
610Marco RappSUI3:42.64
78Dave CampbellCAN3:42.97
83Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:44.43
911Duan XiuquanCHN3:44.88
1013Pat ScammellAUS3:45.21
115Jama AdenSOM3:49.84
129Ramón LópezPAR3:53.31
137Kenneth DzekedzekeMAW4:02.61
1415Bernardo ElongaGEQ4:16.40
DNS1193Nimley TwegbeLBR


400 m1:02.88Mogens Guldberg
800 m2:05.09Mohamed Suleiman

Heat Three (15:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Peter RonoKEN3:37.65Q
25Jeff AtkinsonUSA3:38.33Q
313Peter ElliottGBR3:38.60Q
48Markus HacksteinerSUI3:39.05Q
52Moustafa LachaalMAR3:39.20Q
615Rachid KramALG3:39.90q
71Joaquim CruzBRA3:40.92q
811Mbiganyi TheeBOT3:41.97q
93Spyros SpyrouCYP3:42.32q
1014Gerry O'ReillyIRL3:43.23
117Jo Jin-SaengKOR3:45.63
1210Jan KubistaTCH3:46.41
134Moses Zarak KhanFIJ4:03.20
146Awad Saleh AhmedYAR4:03.86
159John SiguriaPNG4:07.04


400 m1:02.55John Siguria
800 m1:18.96Peter Elliott

Heat Four (15:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Jens-Peter HeroldGDR3:40.87Q
212Han KulkerNED3:40.90Q
39Steve CrabbGBR3:41.12Q
41Peter WirzSUI3:41.26Q
510Omer KhalifaSUD3:41.46Q
64Abdel Majid MoncefMAR3:41.73q
72Mahmoud El-KalboussiTUN3:43.72
87Dale JonesANT3:51.22
93Mohamed Barak Al-DosariKSA3:51.53
1014Eulucane NdagijimanaRWA3:51.61
115Josep GraellsAND3:52.68
128Zeki ÖztürkTUR3:54.26
1313Doug ConsiglioCAN3:55.31
1411Seid GayapléCHA3:58.46
1515Hari RokayaNEP4:01.17


400 m1:01.04
800 m2:02.03Steve Crabb

Semi-Finals (30 September 1988)

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

Heat One (12:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
113Kip CheruiyotKEN3:38.09Q
212Steve CramGBR3:38.30Q
36Peter ElliottGBR3:38.56Q
49Han KulkerNED3:39.06Q
511Jeff AtkinsonUSA3:39.12Q
61Joseph ChesireKEN3:39.17q
710Mogens GuldbergDEN3:39.86
87Rémy GeoffroyFRA3:40.96
93Rachid KramALG3:41.39
102Spyros SpyrouCYP3:43.49
DNF4Abdel Majid MoncefMAR
DNF8Peter WirzSUI
DNS115Joaquim CruzBRA


400 m1:02.55Peter Wirz
800 m2:02.37Kip Cheruiyot

Heat Two (12:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Steve ScottUSA3:38.20Q
25Peter RonoKEN3:38.25Q
31Omer KhalifaSUD3:38.40Q
48Mário SilvaPOR3:38.56Q
59Jens-Peter HeroldGDR3:38.59Q
66Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:38.84q
72Markus HacksteinerSUI3:39.18
811Mark DeadyUSA3:39.47
910Steve CrabbGBR3:39.55
103Mbiganyi TheeBOT3:42.62
117Gennaro Di NapoliITA3:43.58
1212Moustafa LachaalMAR3:45.65
DNS733Saïd AouitaMAR


400 m1:00.01Omer Khalifa
800 m2:00.83Peter Rono

Final (1 October 1988 — 13:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Peter RonoKEN3:35.96
22Peter ElliottGBR3:36.15
38Jens-Peter HeroldGDR3:36.21
41Steve CramGBR3:36.24
59Steve ScottUSA3:36.99
63Han KulkerNED3:37.08
76Kip CheruiyotKEN3:37.94
85Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:38.39
910Mário SilvaPOR3:38.77
1011Jeff AtkinsonUSA3:40.80
117Joseph ChesireKEN3:40.82
1212Omer KhalifaSUD3:41.07


400 m1:00.04Han Kulker
800 m2:00.31Peter Rono