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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012

Gold: TUR Aslı Çakır
Silver: TUR Gamze Bulut
Bronze: BRN Maryam Jamal

Summary

There was no clear favorite in the women's metric mile, especially after Moroccan Mariem Alaoui Selsouli, considered a slight favorite, tested positive for a diuretic just before London. The final had 13 runners from nine different nations, but in the end the two Turkish runners would win gold and silver. The pace in the final was funereal, so slow that despite the top eight runners bettering 60 seconds for the final lap, the winning time was five seconds slower than the previous slowest winning time at the Olympics.

With the slow pace, the entire pack was together at 1100 metres. America's best hope, Morgan Uceny, world ranked #1 in 2011, was running near the back of the pack at that point, only to lock legs with another runner and fall to the track. The same fate had befallen her at the 2011 World Championships, and she pounded her fists on the London track in frustration. Ahead of her the lead at three laps was taken by Gamze Bulut of Turkey. But she was soon passed by her teammate, Aslı Çakır Alptekin. The two Turks were trailed by Ethiopia's Abeba Aregawi and Bahrain's Maryam Jamal. The homestretch was a mad sprint, due to the slow pace, but Çakır Alptekin held on for gold, with Bulut coming up from fourth 50 metres from the line to win silver, and Jamal filling out the podium.

Alptekin had previously been suspended for doping, after a positive test at the 2004 World Junior Championships, but returned in 2006. Jamal was born Zenebech Tola in Ethiopia but in 2004 she and her husband sought political asylum in Switzerland. She was eventually granted citizenship in Bahrain which asked that she run for them and adopt a Muslim name. She was the 2007 and 2009 World Champion.

A few months after the Games, Çakır Alptekin was sued by Turkish runner, Süreyya Ayhan who alleged that she deserved a share of the riches Çakır Alptekin received for winning the gold medal. Ayhan Kop claimed there was an a contract between the two granting her a share of the rewards if Çakır Alptekin won an Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aslı Çakır 26 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Gamze Bulut 19 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Maryam Jamal 27 Bahrain BRN Bronze
4 Tatyana Tomashova 37 Russia RUS
5 Abeba Aregawi 22 Ethiopia ETH
6 Shannon Rowbury 27 United States USA
7 Nataliya Koreyvo 26 Belarus BLR
8 Lucia Klocová 28 Slovakia SVK
9 Lisa Dobriskey 28 Great Britain GBR
10 Laura Weightman 21 Great Britain GBR
11 Hellen Obiri 22 Kenya KEN
AC r3/3 Morgan Uceny 27 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Hilary Stellingwerff 30 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Corinna Harrer 21 Germany GER
7 h1 r2/3 Mimi Belete 24 Bahrain BRN
8 h1 r2/3 Hannah England 25 Great Britain GBR
9 h1 r2/3 Nuría Fernández 35 Spain ESP
9 h2 r2/3 Siham Hilali 26 Morocco MAR
10 h1 r2/3 Lucy Van Dalen 23 New Zealand NZL
10 h2 r2/3 Zoe Buckman 23 Australia AUS
11 h1 r2/3 Kaila McKnight 26 Australia AUS
11 h2 r2/3 Nicole Sifuentes 26 Canada CAN
12 h2 r2/3 Jenny Barringer-Simpson 25 United States USA
7 h2 r1/3 Yekaterina Martynova 25 Russia RUS
8 h2 r1/3 Genzeb Shumi Regasa 21 Bahrain BRN
8 h3 r1/3 Faith Kipyegon 18 Kenya KEN
9 h2 r1/3 Meskerem Assefa 26 Ethiopia ETH
9 h3 r1/3 Genzebe Dibaba 21 Ethiopia ETH
10 h2 r1/3 Eunice Sum 24 Kenya KEN
10 h3 r1/3 Janet Achola 24 Uganda UGA
11 h1 r1/3 Marina Munćan 29 Serbia SRB
11 h2 r1/3 Sonja Roman 33 Slovenia SLO
11 h3 r1/3 Isabel Macías 27 Spain ESP
12 h1 r1/3 Tereza Čapková 25 Czech Republic CZE
12 h2 r1/3 Eliane Saholinirina 30 Madagascar MAD
12 h3 r1/3 Hanna Mishchenko 28 Ukraine UKR
13 h1 r1/3 Anzhelika Shevchenko 24 Ukraine UKR
13 h2 r1/3 Renata Pliś 27 Poland POL
13 h3 r1/3 Betlhem Desalegn Belayneh 20 United Arab Emirates UAE
14 h1 r1/3 Natalia Rodríguez 33 Spain ESP
14 h2 r1/3 Chancel Ilunga Sankuru 16 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
14 h3 r1/3 Gladys Landaverde 22 El Salvador ESA
15 h1 r1/3 Tuğba Karakaya 21 Turkey TUR
AC h1 r1/3 Btissam Lakhouad 31 Morocco MAR
AC Yekaterina Kostetskaya 25 Russia RUS DQ