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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 7, 2012

Gold: ALG Taoufik Makhloufi
Silver: USA Leo Manzano
Bronze: MAR Abdalaati Iguider

Summary

There was no clear favorite in this race, although the three Kenyan entrants – Silas Kiplagat, Nixon Chepseba, and Asbel Kiprop – had the three fastest times of the year and talked of a Kenyan sweep, with Kiprop a slight favorite for gold. Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi won the first semi in the slow time of 3:42.24, while Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider took the over semi in a quick 3:33.99. Makhloufi had little international rep prior to 2012 but had improved dramatically in the Olympic year, boosting his PR from 3:34.4 to 3:30.80 coming into London.

The day after the 1,500 semi, Makhloufi ran in the 800 metre heats and jogged about 150 metres before dropping out, presumably to save himself for the 1,500. But he fell afoul of the best effort rules and was disqualified, and that would cause him to be disqualified from the 1,500 as well. The Algerian officials quickly found an out, as they produced a doctor's note about him being hampered by a "knee injury". The IAAF accepted this note, and Makhloufi was allowed to run in the 1,500 final.

And in the 1,500 final, Makhloufi made a remarkable recover from his "knee injury", winning the gold medal in 3:34.08 over American Leo Manzano, who took the silver. Kiprop was a non-factor, suffering from a hamstring strain, and the Kenyans flopped, with Kiplagat placing seventh, Chepseba 11th, and Kiprop 12th and last in the final. Kiplagat and Chepseba actually led with 300 metres left, but Makhloufi blew by them on back straight of the final lap, covering the 200 from 1200-1400 metres in 25.4. That won him the gold medal, as he held on in the final straight, never really being challenged. Behind him, Manzano flew by the others, covering his last 100 in 13.1. Asked about his recovery from his knee problem, Makhloufi noted, "It was the will of God."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Taoufik Makhloufi 24 Algeria ALG Gold
2 Leo Manzano 27 United States USA Silver
3 Abdalaati Iguider 25 Morocco MAR Bronze
4 Matt Centrowitz 22 United States USA
5 Henrik Ingebrigtsen 21 Norway NOR
6 Mekonnen Gebremedhin 23 Ethiopia ETH
7 Silas Kiplagat 22 Kenya KEN
8 İlham Özbilen 22 Turkey TUR
9 Nick Willis 29 New Zealand NZL
10 Belal Mansoor Ali 23 Bahrain BRN
11 Nixon Chepseba 21 Kenya KEN
12 Asbel Kiprop 23 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r2/3 Mohamed Moustaoui 27 Morocco MAR
7 h1 r2/3 Mohammed Shaween 26 Saudi Arabia KSA
8 h1 r2/3 Yoann Kowal 25 France FRA
8 h2 r2/3 Andy Baddeley 30 Great Britain GBR
9 h1 r2/3 Andrew Wheating 24 United States USA
9 h2 r2/3 Mohamad Al-Garni 20 Qatar QAT
10 h1 r2/3 Ross Murray 21 Great Britain GBR
10 h2 r2/3 Yegor Nikolayev 24 Russia RUS
11 h1 r2/3 Hamza Driouch 17 Qatar QAT
11 h2 r2/3 Carsten Schlangen 31 Germany GER
12 h1 r2/3 Ryan Gregson 22 Australia AUS
12 h2 r2/3 Nate Brannen 29 Canada CAN
13 h2 r2/3 Florian Carvalho 23 France FRA
7 h3 r1/3 Diego Ruíz 30 Spain ESP
8 h2 r1/3 David Bustos 21 Spain ESP
8 h3 r1/3 Aman Wote 28 Ethiopia ETH
9 h2 r1/3 Dmitrijs Jurkevičs 25 Latvia LAT
10 h2 r1/3 Dawit Wolde 21 Ethiopia ETH
10 h3 r1/3 Emad Noor 22 Saudi Arabia KSA
11 h2 r1/3 Niclas Sandells 28 Finland FIN
11 h3 r1/3 Eduard Villanueva 27 Venezuela VEN
12 h1 r1/3 Álvaro Rodríguez 25 Spain ESP
12 h2 r1/3 Jamale Aarrass 30 France FRA
12 h3 r1/3 Andreas Vojta 23 Austria AUT
13 h1 r1/3 Teklit Teweldebrhan 18 Eritrea ERI
13 h2 r1/3 Mohamed Mohamed 18 Somalia SOM
13 h3 r1/3 Ciaran O'Lionaird 24 Ireland IRL
14 h1 r1/3 Mamadou Barry 20 Guinea GUI
14 h2 r1/3 Nabil Al-Garbi 18 Yemen YEM
14 h3 r1/3 Sam Vázquez 28 Puerto Rico PUR
15 h1 r1/3 Rabiou Guero Gao 24 Niger NIG