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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000

Gold: ALG Nouria Mérah-Benida
Silver: ROU Violeta Beclea-Szekely
Bronze: ROU Gabriela Szabo

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nouria Mérah-Benida 29 Algeria ALG Gold
2 Violeta Beclea-Szekely 35 Romania ROU Silver
3 Gabriela Szabo 24 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Kutre Dulecha 22 Ethiopia ETH
5 Lidia Chojecka 23 Poland POL
6 Anna Jakubczak 27 Poland POL
7 Kelly Holmes 30 Great Britain GBR
8 Marla Runyan 31 United States USA
9 Sabine Fischer 27 Switzerland SUI
10 Carla Sacramento 28 Portugal POR
11 Hayley Tullett 27 Great Britain GBR
12 Suzy Favor-Hamilton 32 United States USA
6 h2 r2/3 Veerle Dejaeghere 27 Belgium BEL
7 h2 r2/3 Seloua Ouaziz 26 Morocco MAR
8 h1 r2/3 Marg Crowley 33 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Süreyya Ayhan 22 Turkey TUR
9 h1 r2/3 Lyudmila Rogachova 33 Russia RUS
9 h2 r2/3 Helen Pattinson-Clitheroe 26 Great Britain GBR
10 h1 r2/3 Nuría Fernández 24 Spain ESP
10 h2 r2/3 Georgie Clarke 16 Australia AUS
11 h1 r2/3 Irina Krakoviak 23 Lithuania LTU
11 h2 r2/3 Madrea Hyman 27 Jamaica JAM
12 h1 r2/3 Elena Iagăr 25 Romania ROU
12 h2 r2/3 Anita Weyermann 22 Switzerland SUI
7 h3 r1/3 Sinéad Delahunty 29 Ireland IRL
8 h3 r1/3 Fatma Lanouar 22 Tunisia TUN
9 h2 r1/3 Toni Hodgkinson 28 New Zealand NZL
9 h3 r1/3 Shayne Culpepper 26 United States USA
10 h2 r1/3 Naomi Mugo 23 Kenya KEN
10 h3 r1/3 Nataliya Gorelova 27 Russia RUS
11 h1 r1/3 Abebech Negussie 17 Ethiopia ETH
11 h2 r1/3 Hareg Sidelil 19 Ethiopia ETH
11 h3 r1/3 Sarah Jamieson 25 Australia AUS
12 h1 r1/3 Julia Sakara 31 Zimbabwe ZIM
12 h2 r1/3 Natalia Rodríguez 21 Spain ESP
12 h3 r1/3 Helena Javornik 34 Slovenia SLO
13 h1 r1/3 Tetiana Kryvobok 28 Ukraine UKR
13 h2 r1/3 Daniela Kuleska 19 Macedonia MKD
13 h3 r1/3 Silvia Felipo 33 Andorra AND
14 h1 r1/3 Shazia Hidayat 24 Pakistan PAK
AC h1 r1/3 Leah Pells 35 Canada CAN
AC h2 r1/3 Svetlana Masterkova 32 Russia RUS