| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date31 July – 3 August 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants32 from 21 countries

The pre-Olympic favorites were defending champion Hassiba Boulmerka, who had also won the 1995 World Championships, and Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan. Not highly considered was Russia Svetlana Masterkova, who had not raced in 1994-95, but she had earlier won the 800 gold medal in Atlanta. She had also posted some fast times in pre-Olympic meets. O’Sullivan ran the 5,000 earlier in the Games but came down with an intestinal disorder and was not herself, and did not qualify for the 1,500 final. In the semis, Boulmerka stumbled in heavy traffic, sprained an ankle, and finished last, also not qualifying. That left the final open for Masterkova, who took the lead at 1,200 metres. Though Gabriela Szabo (ROM) and Theresia Kiesl (AUT) moved to her shoulder on the final curve, she powered away to an easy victory. She was the first women to win the 800/1,500 double since Soviet Tatyana Kazankina in 1976.

13700Svetlana MasterkovaRUS4:09.88 (2 h1)4:10.35 (3 h1)4:00.83 (1)Gold
23664Gabriela SzaboROU4:07.32 (1 h3)4:09.83 (2 h1)4:01.54 (2)Silver
33050Theresia KieslAUT4:09.24 (1 h1)4:09.44 (1 h1)4:03.02 (3)Bronze
43135Leah PellsCAN4:13.17 (8 h1)4:06.26 (4 h2)4:03.56 (4)
53023Marg CrowleyAUS4:07.51 (4 h3)4:06.21 (3 h2)4:03.79 (5)
63644Carla SacramentoPOR4:13.57 (3 h2)4:06.70 (5 h2)4:03.91 (6)
73675Lyudmila BorisovaRUS4:13.29 (1 h2)4:06.89 (6 h2)4:05.90 (7)
83626Małgorzata RydzPOL4:07.51 (5 h3)4:10.77 (4 h1)4:05.92 (8)
93669Gwen GriffithsRSA4:10.80 (6 h1)4:11.12 (5 h1)4:06.33 (9)
103847Regina JacobsUSA4:07.41 (3 h3)4:06.13 (2 h2)4:07.21 (10)
113313Kelly HolmesGBR4:07.36 (2 h3)4:05.88 (1 h2)4:07.46 (11)
123620Anna BrzezińskaPOL4:11.06 (7 h1)4:07.17 (7 h2)4:08.27 (12)
6 h1 r2/33076Natasha DukhnovaBLR4:14.75 (8 h2)4:11.43 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/33383Carmen WüstenhagenGER4:10.06 (4 h1)4:11.47 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/33283Blandine Bitzner-DucretFRA4:13.83 (5 h2)4:12.27 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/33259Kutre DulechaETH4:07.69 (7 h3)4:09.03 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/33419Sinéad DelahuntyIRL4:10.20 (5 h1)4:12.52 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/33770Malin EwerlöfSWE4:09.06 (8 h3)4:13.85 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/33253Maite ZúñigaESP4:14.05 (6 h2)4:14.10 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/33359Sylvia KühnemundGER4:14.35 (7 h2)4:16.85 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/33708Lyudmila RogachovaRUS4:07.61 (6 h3)4:14.54 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/33518Naomi MugoKEN4:13.35 (2 h2)4:20.01 (11 h2)– (DNS)
12 h1 r2/33003Hassiba BoulmerkaALG4:09.96 (3 h1)4:23.86 (12 h1)
AC h2 r2/33654Cătălina GheorghiuROU4:13.82 (4 h2)4:09.30 (AC h2)
9 h1 r1/33300Frédérique QuentinFRA4:15.95 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/33845Vicki HuberUSA4:14.82 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/33230Marta DomínguezESP4:15.00 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/33841Juli HennerUSA4:27.14 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/33425Sonia O'SullivanIRL4:19.77 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/33138Paula SchnurrCAN4:29.67 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/33571Khin Khin HtweMYA4:30.64 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/33115Petya StrashilovaBUL4:26.66 (11 h2)

Round One (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (10:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Theresia KieslAUT4:09.24Q
21Svetlana MasterkovaRUS4:09.88Q
310Hassiba BoulmerkaALG4:09.96Q
411Carmen WüstenhagenGER4:10.06Q
59Sinéad DelahuntyIRL4:10.20Q
65Gwen GriffithsRSA4:10.80Q
72Anna BrzezińskaPOL4:11.06q
86Leah PellsCAN4:13.17q
97Frédérique QuentinFRA4:15.95
108Juli HennerUSA4:27.14
114Khin Khin HtweMYA4:30.64

Heat Two (10:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Lyudmila BorisovaRUS4:13.29Q
25Naomi MugoKEN4:13.35Q
38Carla SacramentoPOR4:13.57Q
49Cătălina GheorghiuROU4:13.82Q
52Blandine Bitzner-DucretFRA4:13.83Q
611Maite ZúñigaESP4:14.05Q
74Sylvia KühnemundGER4:14.35q
81Natasha DukhnovaBLR4:14.75q
910Vicki HuberUSA4:14.82
106Sonia O'SullivanIRL4:19.77
117Petya StrashilovaBUL4:26.66

Heat Three (10:20)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Gabriela SzaboROU4:07.32Q
26Kelly HolmesGBR4:07.36Q
35Regina JacobsUSA4:07.41Q
43Marg CrowleyAUS4:07.51Q
57Małgorzata RydzPOL4:07.51Q
64Lyudmila RogachovaRUS4:07.61Q
78Kutre DulechaETH4:07.69q
89Malin EwerlöfSWE4:09.06q
910Marta DomínguezESP4:15.00
101Paula SchnurrCAN4:29.67

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996)

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

Heat One (19:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Theresia KieslAUT4:09.44Q
211Gabriela SzaboROU4:09.83Q
31Svetlana MasterkovaRUS4:10.35Q
43Małgorzata RydzPOL4:10.77Q
55Gwen GriffithsRSA4:11.12Q
66Natasha DukhnovaBLR4:11.43
74Carmen WüstenhagenGER4:11.47
89Blandine Bitzner-DucretFRA4:12.27
97Sinéad DelahuntyIRL4:12.52
108Maite ZúñigaESP4:14.10
1112Lyudmila RogachovaRUS4:14.54
122Hassiba BoulmerkaALG4:23.86

Heat Two (19:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Kelly HolmesGBR4:05.88Q
28Regina JacobsUSA4:06.13Q
312Marg CrowleyAUS4:06.21Q
46Leah PellsCAN4:06.26Q
57Carla SacramentoPOR4:06.70Q
64Lyudmila BorisovaRUS4:06.89q
71Anna BrzezińskaPOL4:07.17q
89Kutre DulechaETH4:09.03
92Malin EwerlöfSWE4:13.85
105Sylvia KühnemundGER4:16.85
1110Naomi MugoKEN4:20.01
AC11Cătălina GheorghiuROU4:09.30DQ

Final (3 August 1996 — 20:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Svetlana MasterkovaRUS4:00.83
211Gabriela SzaboROU4:01.54
35Theresia KieslAUT4:03.02
47Leah PellsCAN4:03.56
52Marg CrowleyAUS4:03.79
61Carla SacramentoPOR4:03.91
74Lyudmila BorisovaRUS4:05.90
812Małgorzata RydzPOL4:05.92
93Gwen GriffithsRSA4:06.33
1013Regina JacobsUSA4:07.21
116Kelly HolmesGBR4:07.46
128Anna BrzezińskaPOL4:08.27
DNS9Naomi MugoKEN