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1,500 metres, Women

Date27 – 30 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants42 from 27 countries
Olympic Record 3:53.96 / Paula Ivan ROU / 1 October 1988

The defending champion Svetlana Masterkova, had won the 1998 European and 1999 World Championship, and was favored. But in her heat, she collided with another runner, fell, and was out of the competition. Without her, the final was wide open. The first lap of the final was absurdly slow, at over 70 seconds, the lead taken by Marla Runyan (USA), who was partially blind. America’s Suzy Favor-Hamilton then took over and led for most of the next two laps, fighting off several challenges. Going into the final turn, she still led with Romania’s Violeta Szekely and Algeria’s Noria Mérah-Benida on her shoulder. Mérah-Benida took the lead coming into the final straight and would not be caught, although Szekely pushed her to the end, finishing only 0.05 down. Romania’s Gabriela Szabo had been almost in last place on the backstretch but closed strongly to get the bronze medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
11024Nouria Mérah-BenidaALG4:10.24 (2 h3)4:05.24 (1 h1)4:05.10 (1)Gold
22833Violeta SzekelyROU4:10.18 (1 h2)4:06.60 (1 h2)4:05.15 (2)Silver
32832Gabriela SzaboROU4:08.33 (3 h1)4:07.38 (4 h2)4:05.27 (3)Bronze
41668Kutre DulechaETH4:09.88 (1 h3)4:06.78 (2 h2)4:05.33 (4)
52730Lidia ChojeckaPOL4:10.34 (2 h2)4:05.78 (5 h1)4:06.42 (5)
62733Anna JakubczakPOL4:08.13 (2 h1)4:07.03 (3 h2)4:06.49 (6)
71831Kelly HolmesGBR4:10.38 (3 h2)4:05.35 (4 h1)4:08.02 (7)
83375Marla RunyanUSA4:10.83 (7 h2)4:06.14 (6 h1)4:08.30 (8)
93077Sabine FischerSUI4:10.78 (5 h2)4:06.67 (7 h1)4:08.84 (9)
102778Carla SacramentoPOR4:08.41 (5 h1)4:07.65 (5 h2)4:11.15 (10)
111846Hayley TullettGBR4:10.58 (3 h3)4:05.34 (3 h1)4:22.29 (11)
123348Suzy Favor-HamiltonUSA4:08.08 (1 h1)4:05.25 (2 h1)4:23.05 (12)
6 h2 r2/31209Veerle DejaeghereBEL4:10.68 (4 h2)4:07.87 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/32536Seloua OuazizMAR4:10.82 (6 h2)4:09.11 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/31106Marg CrowleyAUS4:08.85 (7 h1)4:09.16 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/33183Süreyya AyhanTUR4:08.37 (4 h1)4:09.42 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/32969Lyudmila RogachovaRUS4:09.81 (9 h1)4:09.18 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/31840Helen PattinsonGBR4:08.80 (6 h1)4:09.60 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/31623Nuría FernándezESP4:11.46 (5 h3)4:10.92 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31102Georgie ClarkeAUS4:11.74 (8 h2)4:10.99 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/32494Irina KrakoviakLTU4:11.57 (6 h3)4:14.57 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/32289Mardrea HymanJAM4:10.21 (10 h1)4:14.20 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/32824Elena IagărROU4:11.35 (4 h3)4:14.75 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/33080Anita WeyermannSUI4:09.28 (8 h1)4:30.80 (12 h2)
7 h3 r1/32147Sinéad DelahuntyIRL4:11.75 (7 h3)
8 h3 r1/33179Fatma LanouarTUN4:11.87 (8 h3)
9 h2 r1/32682Toni HodgkinsonNZL4:12.59 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/33340Shayne CulpepperUSA4:12.52 (9 h3)
10 h2 r1/32403Naomi MugoKEN4:13.18 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/32934Nataliya GorelovaRUS4:12.84 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/31672Abebech NegussieETH4:15.52 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/31674Hareg SidelilETH4:14.05 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/31120Sarah JamiesonAUS4:12.90 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/33461Julia SakaraZIM4:21.94 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/31640Natalia RodríguezESP4:22.82 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/33034Helena JavornikSLO4:18.18 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/33233Tetiana KryvobokUKR4:22.11 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/32582Daniela KuleskaMKD4:33.50 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/31028Silvia FelipoAND4:45.32 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/32691Shazia HidayatPAK5:07.17 (14 h1)
AC h1 r1/31347Leah PellsCAN– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/32958Svetlana MasterkovaRUS– (AC h2)
DNS2531Hasna BenhassiMAR– (DNS h3)

Round One (27 September 2000)

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

Heat One (9:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
115Suzy Favor-HamiltonUSA4:08.08Q
21Anna JakubczakPOL4:08.13Q
314Gabriela SzaboROU4:08.33Q
45Süreyya AyhanTUR4:08.37Q
512Carla SacramentoPOR4:08.41Q
67Helen PattinsonGBR4:08.80Q
713Marg CrowleyAUS4:08.85q
86Anita WeyermannSUI4:09.28q
99Lyudmila RogachovaRUS4:09.81q
104Mardrea HymanJAM4:10.21q
112Abebech NegussieETH4:15.52
123Julia SakaraZIM4:21.94
1311Tetiana KryvobokUKR4:22.11
148Shazia HidayatPAK5:07.17
AC10Leah PellsCANDNF

Heat Two (9:44)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
111Violeta SzekelyROU4:10.18Q
210Lidia ChojeckaPOL4:10.34Q
36Kelly HolmesGBR4:10.38Q
42Veerle DejaeghereBEL4:10.68Q
513Sabine FischerSUI4:10.78Q
68Seloua OuazizMAR4:10.82Q
73Marla RunyanUSA4:10.83q
81Georgie ClarkeAUS4:11.74q
99Toni HodgkinsonNZL4:12.59
107Naomi MugoKEN4:13.18
115Hareg SidelilETH4:14.05
124Natalia RodríguezESP4:22.82
1314Daniela KuleskaMKD4:33.50
AC12Svetlana MasterkovaRUSDNF

Heat Three (9:53)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Kutre DulechaETH4:09.88Q
21Nouria Mérah-BenidaALG4:10.24Q
35Hayley TullettGBR4:10.58Q
48Elena IagărROU4:11.35Q
513Nuría FernándezESP4:11.46Q
66Irina KrakoviakLTU4:11.57Q
714Sinéad DelahuntyIRL4:11.75
811Fatma LanouarTUN4:11.87
912Shayne CulpepperUSA4:12.52
109Nataliya GorelovaRUS4:12.84
113Sarah JamiesonAUS4:12.90
1210Helena JavornikSLO4:18.18
132Silvia FelipoAND4:45.32
DNS7Hasna BenhassiMAR

Semi-Finals (28 September 2000)

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

Heat One (19:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Nouria Mérah-BenidaALG4:05.24Q
22Suzy Favor-HamiltonUSA4:05.25Q
31Hayley TullettGBR4:05.34Q
410Kelly HolmesGBR4:05.35Q
512Lidia ChojeckaPOL4:05.78Q
611Marla RunyanUSA4:06.14q
74Sabine FischerSUI4:06.67q
83Marg CrowleyAUS4:09.16
95Lyudmila RogachovaRUS4:09.18
109Nuría FernándezESP4:10.92
118Irina KrakoviakLTU4:14.57
127Elena IagărROU4:14.75

Heat Two (19:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Violeta SzekelyROU4:06.60Q
23Kutre DulechaETH4:06.78Q
311Anna JakubczakPOL4:07.03Q
412Gabriela SzaboROU4:07.38Q
57Carla SacramentoPOR4:07.65Q
62Veerle DejaeghereBEL4:07.87
76Seloua OuazizMAR4:09.11
810Süreyya AyhanTUR4:09.42
94Helen PattinsonGBR4:09.60
101Georgie ClarkeAUS4:10.99
115Mardrea HymanJAM4:14.20
129Anita WeyermannSUI4:30.80

Final (30 September 2000 — 20:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Nouria Mérah-BenidaALG4:05.10
24Violeta SzekelyROU4:05.15
311Gabriela SzaboROU4:05.27
45Kutre DulechaETH4:05.33
52Lidia ChojeckaPOL4:06.42
69Anna JakubczakPOL4:06.49
712Kelly HolmesGBR4:08.02
810Marla RunyanUSA4:08.30
97Sabine FischerSUI4:08.84
101Carla SacramentoPOR4:11.15
116Hayley TullettGBR4:22.29
123Suzy Favor-HamiltonUSA4:23.05

Splits

400 m1:10.56Marla Runyan
800 m2:15.93Suzy Favor-Hamilton
1,200 m3:17.85Carla Sacramento