| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date29 July – 3 August 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants57 from 37 countries

Noureddine Morceli was the co-favorite with the Moroccan, Hicham El Guerrouj. Another challenger was Burundian Vénuste Niyongabo, but he opted only to run the 5K. The final was very slow, with the first two laps both run in over 60 seconds. At 900 metres, Morceli moved to an outside lane to escape a box set up by the Kenyan trio of runners. He easily moved to the lead and atoned for his disappointing loss in 1992 by winning comfortably, with Spain’s defending champion, Fermín Cacho, finishing strongly for the silver medal. El Guerrouj fell just before the bell lap and although he finished, he placed last in the final. After the 1996 Olympics El Guerrouj replaced Morceli as the top miler in the world.

11012Noureddine MorceliALG3:41.95 (1 h2)3:32.88 (1 h1)3:35.78 (1)Gold
21335Fermín CachoESP3:39.84 (1 h5)3:33.12 (2 h1)3:36.40 (2)Silver
31802Stephen KipkorirKEN3:36.70 (2 h3)3:35.29 (2 h2)3:36.72 (3)Bronze
41815Laban RotichKEN3:35.88 (1 h1)3:33.73 (5 h1)3:37.39 (4)
51817William TanuiKEN3:37.72 (2 h4)3:33.57 (4 h1)3:37.42 (5)
62208Abdi BileSOM3:42.32 (3 h2)3:33.30 (3 h1)3:38.03 (6)
71966Marko KoersNED3:36.18 (2 h1)3:36.06 (5 h2)3:38.18 (7)
82294Ali HakimiTUN3:36.58 (1 h3)3:35.91 (3 h2)3:38.19 (8)
92099Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:37.70 (7 h3)3:36.01 (4 h2)3:38.26 (9)
101911Driss MaazouziMAR3:37.08 (4 h3)3:34.35 (6 h1)3:39.65 (10)
111498John MayockGBR3:42.31 (2 h2)3:34.55 (7 h1)3:40.18 (11)
121904Hicham El GuerroujMAR3:37.66 (1 h4)3:35.29 (1 h2)3:40.75 (12)
6 h2 r2/31375Isaac ViciosaESP3:37.93 (4 h4)3:36.11 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/31516Tony WhitemanGBR3:40.74 (4 h5)3:36.11 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/31428Kader ChékhémaniFRA3:37.81 (3 h4)3:34.84 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31108Christophe ImpensBEL3:40.16 (3 h5)3:37.64 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/31265Branko ZorkoCRO3:37.35 (6 h3)3:35.14 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/32378Paul McMullenUSA3:39.94 (2 h5)3:37.81 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/31657Balázs TölgyesiHUN3:36.71 (3 h3)3:35.57 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31342Reyes EstévezESP3:42.48 (4 h2)3:39.44 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/32066Luís FeiteiraPOR3:38.09 (5 h4)3:40.31 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/31670Shane HealyIRL3:37.28 (5 h3)3:39.81 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/31665Niall BrutonIRL3:37.42 (3 h1)3:42.88 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/31499Kevin McKayGBR3:38.02 (4 h1)3:43.61 (12 h2)
5 h1 r1/32105Ovidiu OlteanuROU3:38.33 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/31903Rachid El-BasirMAR3:42.85 (5 h2)
5 h5 r1/32141Andrey LoginovRUS3:40.99 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/32157Vyacheslav ShabuninRUS3:38.56 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32299Julius AchonUGA3:43.08 (6 h2)
6 h4 r1/31678Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:38.16 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/32479Dieudonné KwizéraBDI3:41.45 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/31158Edgard de OliveiraBRA3:40.70 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32070Luís JesusPOR3:44.65 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/32225Peter PhilippSUI3:41.60 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/31011Ahmed KramaALG3:42.09 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/31321Steve AgarDMA3:43.02 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/31152Joaquim CruzBRA3:45.32 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/31431Mickaël DamianFRA3:39.21 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/31068Werner Edler-MuhrAUT3:45.02 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/31661Bahadur PrasadIND3:46.16 (8 h5)
9 h1 r1/32365Brian HydeUSA3:48.20 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/31014João N'TyambaANG3:46.41 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/32391Jason PyrahUSA3:39.91 (9 h3)
9 h4 r1/32477Alexis SharangaboRWA3:46.42 (9 h4)
9 h5 r1/31432Éric DubusFRA3:47.01 (9 h5)
10 h1 r1/32305Andriy BulkovskyiUKR3:53.30 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/31318Ali IbrahimDJI3:46.62 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/32080António TravassosPOR3:42.01 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/31871Ali Mabrouk El-ZaidiLBA3:51.49 (10 h4)
10 h5 r1/31067Thomas EbnerAUT3:48.38 (10 h5)
11 h1 r1/32420Tawai KeiruanVAN4:02.78 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/31547Michael GottschalkGER3:56.46 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/32017Martin JohnsNZL3:44.91 (11 h3)
11 h5 r1/31038Paul ClearyAUS3:52.85 (11 h5)
12 h3 r1/31926Hussain RiyazMDV4:15.14 (12 h3)
12 h5 r1/32205Selwyn KoleSOL4:03.44 (12 h5)
AC h4 r1/31202Graham HoodCAN– (DNF h4)

Round One (29 July 1996)

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

Heat One (10:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Laban RotichKEN3:35.88Q
210Marko KoersNED3:36.18Q
33Niall BrutonIRL3:37.42Q
411Kevin McKayGBR3:38.02Q
58Ovidiu OlteanuROU3:38.33
67Vyacheslav ShabuninRUS3:38.56
76Edgard de OliveiraBRA3:40.70
84Steve AgarDMA3:43.02
95Brian HydeUSA3:48.20
109Andriy BulkovskyiUKR3:53.30
112Tawai KeiruanVAN4:02.78

Heat Two (10:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Noureddine MorceliALG3:41.95Q
29John MayockGBR3:42.31Q
33Abdi BileSOM3:42.32Q
44Reyes EstévezESP3:42.48Q
55Rachid El-BasirMAR3:42.85
62Julius AchonUGA3:43.08
78Luís JesusPOR3:44.65
81Joaquim CruzBRA3:45.32
96João N'TyambaANG3:46.41
1010Ali IbrahimDJI3:46.62
1111Michael GottschalkGER3:56.46

Heat Three (11:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
111Ali HakimiTUN3:36.58Q
22Stephen KipkorirKEN3:36.70Q
31Balázs TölgyesiHUN3:36.71Q
410Driss MaazouziMAR3:37.08Q
58Shane HealyIRL3:37.28q
612Branko ZorkoCRO3:37.35q
76Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:37.70q
87Mickaël DamianFRA3:39.21
94Jason PyrahUSA3:39.91
105António TravassosPOR3:42.01
113Martin JohnsNZL3:44.91
129Hussain RiyazMDV4:15.14

Heat Four (11:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
111Hicham El GuerroujMAR3:37.66Q
26William TanuiKEN3:37.72Q
34Kader ChékhémaniFRA3:37.81Q
410Isaac ViciosaESP3:37.93Q
58Luís FeiteiraPOR3:38.09q
62Marcus O'SullivanIRL3:38.16
79Peter PhilippSUI3:41.60
87Werner Edler-MuhrAUT3:45.02
95Alexis SharangaboRWA3:46.42
103Ali Mabrouk El-ZaidiLBA3:51.49
DNF1Graham HoodCAN

Heat Five (11:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Fermín CachoESP3:39.84Q
29Paul McMullenUSA3:39.94Q
33Christophe ImpensBEL3:40.16Q
46Tony WhitemanGBR3:40.74Q
57Andrey LoginovRUS3:40.99
61Dieudonné KwizéraBDI3:41.45
710Ahmed KramaALG3:42.09
85Bahadur PrasadIND3:46.16
911Éric DubusFRA3:47.01
102Thomas EbnerAUT3:48.38
114Paul ClearyAUS3:52.85
128Selwyn KoleSOL4:03.44

Semi-Finals (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (19:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Noureddine MorceliALG3:32.88Q
21Fermín CachoESP3:33.12Q
32Abdi BileSOM3:33.30Q
44William TanuiKEN3:33.57Q
512Laban RotichKEN3:33.73Q
69Driss MaazouziMAR3:34.35q
76John MayockGBR3:34.55q
87Kader ChékhémaniFRA3:34.84
98Branko ZorkoCRO3:35.14
103Balázs TölgyesiHUN3:35.57
1111Luís FeiteiraPOR3:40.31
125Niall BrutonIRL3:42.88

Heat Two (20:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Hicham El GuerroujMAR3:35.29Q
21Stephen KipkorirKEN3:35.29Q
32Ali HakimiTUN3:35.91Q
45Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:36.01Q
58Marko KoersNED3:36.06Q
611Isaac ViciosaESP3:36.11
76Tony WhitemanGBR3:36.11
84Christophe ImpensBEL3:37.64
910Paul McMullenUSA3:37.81
103Reyes EstévezESP3:39.44
117Shane HealyIRL3:39.81
129Kevin McKayGBR3:43.61

Final (3 August 1996 — 19:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Noureddine MorceliALG3:35.78
23Fermín CachoESP3:36.40
31Stephen KipkorirKEN3:36.72
411Laban RotichKEN3:37.39
510William TanuiKEN3:37.42
64Abdi BileSOM3:38.03
76Marko KoersNED3:38.18
89Ali HakimiTUN3:38.19
97Mohamed SuleimanQAT3:38.26
105Driss MaazouziMAR3:39.65
1112John MayockGBR3:40.18
128Hicham El GuerroujMAR3:40.75