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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: RUS Svetlana Masterkova
Silver: ROU Gabriela Szabo
Bronze: AUT Theresia Kiesl

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Svetlana Masterkova 28 Russia RUS Gold
2 Gabriela Szabo 20 Romania ROU Silver
3 Theresia Kiesl 32 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Leah Pells 31 Canada CAN
5 Marg Crowley 29 Australia AUS
6 Carla Sacramento 24 Portugal POR
7 Lyudmila Borisova 30 Russia RUS
8 Małgorzata Rydz 29 Poland POL
9 Gwen Griffiths 28 South Africa RSA
10 Regina Jacobs 32 United States USA
11 Kelly Holmes 26 Great Britain GBR
12 Anna Brzezińska 25 Poland POL
6 h1 r2/3 Natasha Dukhnova 30 Belarus BLR
7 h1 r2/3 Carmen Wüstenhagen 22 Germany GER
8 h1 r2/3 Blandine Bitzner-Ducret 30 France FRA
8 h2 r2/3 Kutre Dulecha 17 Ethiopia ETH
9 h1 r2/3 Sinéad Delahunty 25 Ireland IRL
9 h2 r2/3 Malin Ewerlöf 24 Sweden SWE
10 h1 r2/3 Maite Zúñiga 31 Spain ESP
10 h2 r2/3 Sylvia Kühnemund 21 Germany GER
11 h1 r2/3 Lyudmila Rogachova 29 Russia RUS
11 h2 r2/3 Naomi Mugo 19 Kenya KEN
12 h1 r2/3 Hassiba Boulmerka 28 Algeria ALG
AC h2 r2/3 Cătălina Gheorghiu 27 Romania ROU
9 h1 r1/3 Frédérique Quentin 26 France FRA
9 h2 r1/3 Vicki Huber 29 United States USA
9 h3 r1/3 Marta Domínguez 20 Spain ESP
10 h1 r1/3 Juli Henner 26 United States USA
10 h2 r1/3 Sonia O'Sullivan 26 Ireland IRL
10 h3 r1/3 Paula Schnurr 32 Canada CAN
11 h1 r1/3 Khin Khin Htwe 33 Myanmar MYA
11 h2 r1/3 Petya Strashilova 31 Bulgaria BUL