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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 30, 1976

Gold: URS Tatyana Kazankina
Silver: GDR Gunhild Hoffmeister
Bronze: GDR Ulrike Klapezynski-Bruns

Summary

Gunhild Hoffmeister (GDR), the 1972 silver medalist, had won the 1974 European Championships and was highly considered. But in June 1976, Soviet Tatyana Kazankina had shattered the world record with the first sub-4 time, 3:56.0, at a Soviet meeting. A few days before the 1,500 started she had won the 800 in world record time and was the favorite. With her 800 speed, she had the fastest kick, but for some reason, nobody set a fast pace in the final. Lying in the pack on the final backstretch she kicked around the final curve and passed Hoffmeister with 50 metres to go to complete the 800/1,500 double.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tatyana Kazankina 24 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Gunhild Hoffmeister 32 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Ulrike Klapezynski-Bruns 22 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Nikolina Shtereva 21 Bulgaria BUL
5 Lyudmila Bragina 32 Soviet Union URS
6 Gabriella Dorio 19 Italy ITA
7 Ellen Tittel-Wellmann 28 West Germany FRG
8 Jan Merrill 20 United States USA
9 Nina Holmén 24 Finland FIN
5 h2 r2/3 Mary Stewart 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Raisa Katyukova-Smekhnova 25 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r2/3 Vesela Yatsinska 25 Bulgaria BUL
7 h1 r2/3 Brigitte Kraus 19 West Germany FRG
7 h2 r2/3 Natalia Mărăşescu 23 Romania ROU
8 h1 r2/3 Grete Andersen-Waitz 22 Norway NOR
8 h2 r2/3 Christiane Stoll-Wartenberg 19 East Germany GDR
9 h1 r2/3 Sonia Castelein 22 Belgium BEL
9 h2 r2/3 Francie Larrieu-Smith 23 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Maricica Puică 25 Romania ROU
5 h3 r1/3 Penny Yule 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Mary Tracey-Purcell 27 Ireland IRL
6 h1 r1/3 Rositsa Pekhlivanova 21 Bulgaria BUL
6 h3 r1/3 Ileana Silai 34 Romania ROU
6 h4 r1/3 Cynthia Poor 23 United States USA
7 h1 r1/3 Judy Amoore-Pollock 36 Australia AUS
7 h2 r1/3 Dianne Zorn-Rodger 19 New Zealand NZL
7 h3 r1/3 Margherita Gargano 23 Italy ITA
7 h4 r1/3 Anne Garrett-Audain 20 New Zealand NZL
8 h1 r1/3 Bernadette Van Roy 27 Belgium BEL
8 h2 r1/3 Thelma Wright 24 Canada CAN
8 h3 r1/3 Carmen Valero 20 Spain ESP
8 h4 r1/3 Silvana Cruciata 23 Italy ITA
9 h1 r1/3 Magdolna Lázár 25 Hungary HUN
9 h2 r1/3 Ndew Niang 21 Senegal SEN
9 h3 r1/3 Penny Werthner 25 Canada CAN
9 h4 r1/3 Lilja Guðmundsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL