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1,500 metres, Men

Date3 – 8 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants51 from 40 countries

The heavy favorite was 1992 world champion Noureddine Morceli but he ran a strangely passive race and finished only 7th. The final started slowly, with nobody wanting to take the lead. The bell was passed in 2:49.7, with Kenya’s Joseph Chesire leading, after 800 had been passed in a pedestrian 2:06.83. Morceli was trapped in the pack and never challenged. Spain’s Fermín Cacho saw a small gap on the inside and took the lead 250 metres from the finish. He pulled away and won over Rachid El-Basir quite easily, looking around frequently on the final stretch. Mohamed Sulaiman’s medal was the first ever for Qatar in the Olympics.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1404Fermín CachoESP3:37.04 (1 h1)3:34.93 (2 h2)3:40.12 (1)Gold
21205Rachid El-BasirMAR3:38.01 (4 h1)3:39.26 (2 h1)3:40.62 (2)Silver
31443Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:36.72 (2 h4)3:34.77 (1 h2)3:40.69 (3)Bronze
41112Joseph ChesireKEN3:44.06 (1 h3)3:39.43 (3 h1)3:41.12 (4)
51106Jonah BirirKEN3:38.29 (5 h1)3:35.41 (3 h2)3:41.27 (5)
6812Jens-Peter HeroldGER3:36.76 (3 h4)3:39.55 (5 h1)3:41.53 (6)
710Noureddine MorceliALG3:37.98 (1 h2)3:39.22 (1 h1)3:41.70 (7)
81765Jim SpiveyUSA3:38.01 (3 h1)3:35.55 (4 h2)3:41.74 (8)
9223Graham HoodCAN3:44.44 (2 h3)3:36.12 (6 h2)3:42.55 (9)
101117David KibetKEN3:36.32 (1 h4)3:35.82 (5 h2)3:42.62 (10)
11442Manuel PancorboESP3:37.62 (6 h4)3:39.52 (4 h1)3:43.51 (11)
12552Azat RakipauEUN3:38.64 (6 h1)3:36.16 (7 h2)3:44.66 (12)
6 h1 r2/31002Gennaro Di NapoliITA3:44.55 (4 h3)3:39.56 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/3335Branko ZorkoCRO3:44.47 (3 h3)3:39.71 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/3851Rüdiger StenzelGER3:44.70 (5 h3)3:40.23 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3959Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:37.07 (4 h4)3:37.16 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/31710Steve HolmanUSA3:38.38 (2 h2)3:40.49 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/31419Mário SilvaPOR3:38.57 (3 h2)3:38.09 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/3740Kevin McKayGBR3:37.39 (5 h4)3:40.80 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31820Philemon HarinekiZIM3:37.65 (2 h1)3:38.09 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/31652Zeki ÖztürkTUR3:38.68 (4 h2)3:41.98 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/3801Hauke FuhlbrüggeGER3:38.92 (6 h2)3:38.45 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/3147Edgard de OliveiraBRA3:38.68 (7 h1)3:42.53 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/3771Matt YatesGBR3:38.73 (5 h2)3:40.53 (12 h2)
13 h1 r2/31851Momodou Bello N'JieGAM4:13.52 (13 h1)
6 h3 r1/31708Terrance HerringtonUSA3:44.80 (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/319João N'TyambaANG3:39.54 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3425José Luis GonzálezESP3:46.75 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3382Houssein DjamaDJI3:44.13 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/31148Kim Bong-YuKOR3:40.73 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3469Mitiku MegersaETH3:41.54 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/3132Bobby GaseitsiweBOT3:48.33 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/31580Sipho DlaminiSWZ3:46.33 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/3697Steve CrabbGBR3:41.00 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/31345Nadir KhanPAK3:44.96 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/3896Malal Sy SavanéGUI3:51.96 (9 h3)
9 h4 r1/3475Hailu ZewdeETH3:47.79 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/31655Mohamed Amer Al-NahdiUAE3:48.08 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/31554Markus HacksteinerSUI3:45.27 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/320Reuben AppletonANT4:02.99 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/31812Kaleka MutokeCOD3:53.71 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/3200Zacharia MaidjidaCAF3:55.72 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/31804Awad Salah NasserYEM3:51.89 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/31182Bassam KawasLBN4:17.40 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/3775Bernardo ElongaGEQ4:25.78 (11 h4)
12 h1 r1/31163Khambieng KhamiarLAO4:04.82 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/3112Idrissou TamimouBEN3:56.45 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/31790Ancel NalauVAN4:13.88 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/31489Alphonse MunyeshyakaRWA3:58.75 (13 h2)
AC h3 r1/3119Ian GrayBIZ– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/31288Robin van HeldenNED– (AC h4)
DNS1198Saïd AouitaMAR– (DNS h3)

Round One (3 August 1992)

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

Heat One (11:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Fermín CachoESP3:37.04Q
23Philemon HarinekiZIM3:37.65Q
36Jim SpiveyUSA3:38.01Q
47Rachid El-BasirMAR3:38.01Q
512Jonah BirirKEN3:38.29Q
68Azat RakipauEUN3:38.64q
710Edgard de OliveiraBRA3:38.68q
811Kim Bong-YuKOR3:40.73
91Steve CrabbGBR3:41.00
1013Mohamed Amer Al-NahdiUAE3:48.08
119Zacharia MaidjidaCAF3:55.72
125Khambieng KhamiarLAO4:04.82
132Ancel NalauVAN4:13.88

Splits

400 m1:00.07Edgard de Oliveira
800 m1:57.94Edgard de Oliveira
1,200 m2:57.07Edgard de Oliveira

Heat Two (11:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Noureddine MorceliALG3:37.98Q
24Steve HolmanUSA3:38.38Q
35Mário SilvaPOR3:38.57Q
47Zeki ÖztürkTUR3:38.68Q
511Matt YatesGBR3:38.73Q
610Hauke FuhlbrüggeGER3:38.92q
78João N'TyambaANG3:39.54
83Mitiku MegersaETH3:41.54
92Nadir KhanPAK3:44.96
1012Markus HacksteinerSUI3:45.27
119Awad Salah NasserYEM3:51.89
1213Idrissou TamimouBEN3:56.45
136Alphonse MunyeshyakaRWA3:58.75

Splits

400 m59.30Zeki Öztürk
800 m1:59.23Matt Yates
1,200 m2:57.21Matt Yates

Heat Three (11:35)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Joseph ChesireKEN3:44.06Q
26Graham HoodCAN3:44.44Q
32Branko ZorkoCRO3:44.47Q
411Gennaro Di NapoliITA3:44.55Q
55Rüdiger StenzelGER3:44.70Q
64Terrance HerringtonUSA3:44.80
78José Luis GonzálezESP3:46.75
89Bobby GaseitsiweBOT3:48.33
91Malal Sy SavanéGUI3:51.96
107Reuben AppletonANT4:02.99
1110Bassam KawasLBN4:17.40
AC13Ian GrayBIZDNF
DNS3Saïd AouitaMAR

Splits

400 m1:00.81Rüdiger Stenzel
800 m2:05.66Rüdiger Stenzel
1,200 m3:05.57Rüdiger Stenzel

Heat Four (11:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14David KibetKEN3:36.32Q
25Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:36.72Q
37Jens-Peter HeroldGER3:36.76Q
41Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:37.07Q
53Kevin McKayGBR3:37.39Q
68Manuel PancorboESP3:37.62q
711Houssein DjamaDJI3:44.13
89Sipho DlaminiSWZ3:46.33
96Hailu ZewdeETH3:47.79
1012Kaleka MutokeCOD3:53.71
112Bernardo ElongaGEQ4:25.78
AC10Robin van HeldenNEDDNF

Splits

400 m59.68Mohamed Suleiman
800 m1:57.57Mohamed Suleiman
1,200 m2:54.52Mohamed Suleiman

Semi-Finals (6 August 1992)

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

Heat One (19:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Noureddine MorceliALG3:39.22Q
210Rachid El-BasirMAR3:39.26Q
39Joseph ChesireKEN3:39.43Q
43Manuel PancorboESP3:39.52Q
58Jens-Peter HeroldGER3:39.55Q
61Gennaro Di NapoliITA3:39.56
712Branko ZorkoCRO3:39.71
85Rüdiger StenzelGER3:40.23
92Steve HolmanUSA3:40.49
1011Kevin McKayGBR3:40.80
116Zeki ÖztürkTUR3:41.98
124Edgard de OliveiraBRA3:42.53
1313Momodou Bello N'JieGAM4:13.521

Splits

400 m59.25Gennaro Di Napoli
800 m2:01.72Edgard de Oliveira
1,200 m3:00.02Edgard de Oliveira

Heat Two (19:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:34.77Q
21Fermín CachoESP3:34.93Q
39Jonah BirirKEN3:35.41Q
43Jim SpiveyUSA3:35.55Q
54David KibetKEN3:35.82Q
65Graham HoodCAN3:36.12q
711Azat RakipauEUN3:36.16q
810Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:37.16
912Mário SilvaPOR3:38.09
106Philemon HarinekiZIM3:38.09
118Hauke FuhlbrüggeGER3:38.45
122Matt YatesGBR3:40.53

Splits

400 m57.21Matt Yates
800 m1:57.46Matt Yates
1,200 m2:55.03Mohamed Suleiman

Final (8 August 1992 — 20:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Fermín CachoESP3:40.12
24Rachid El-BasirMAR3:40.62
311Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:40.69
46Joseph ChesireKEN3:41.12
55Jonah BirirKEN3:41.27
612Jens-Peter HeroldGER3:41.53
78Noureddine MorceliALG3:41.70
89Jim SpiveyUSA3:41.74
910Graham HoodCAN3:42.55
107David KibetKEN3:42.62
112Manuel PancorboESP3:43.51
123Azat RakipauEUN3:44.66

Splits

400 m1:02.25Joseph Chesire
800 m2:06.83Joseph Chesire
1,200 m3:02.55Joseph Chesire