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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984

Gold: ITA Gabriella Dorio
Silver: ROU Doina Beșliu-Melinte
Bronze: ROU Maricica Puică


The GDR and USSR historically had dominated women's middle distance running but they were not present in 1984, because of the Soviet-led boycott. However, in 1983, [Mary Decker] (USA) had won the 1,500 and 3,000 double at the World Championships, narrowly Soviet runners in both races. But Decker was not running as well in 1984, and chose to concentrate on the 3,000 at the Olympics, though that would turn out be ill-fated. The favorites role fell to Romania's [Maricica Puică], with her teammate [Doina Melinte], expected to challenge her, and earlier in Los Angeles she had won the 800. The first two laps were led by Britain's [Christina Boxer], but with 600 metres left, Italy's [Gabriella Dorio] took the lead, pulling Melinte with her. Melinte took the lead on the final backstretch, but Dorio passed her on the homestretch to win the gold.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gabriella Dorio 27 Italy ITA Gold
2 Doina Beșliu-Melinte 27 Romania ROU Silver
3 Maricica Puică 34 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Roswitha Gerdes 23 West Germany FRG
5 Chris Benning 29 Great Britain GBR
6 Christina Boxer-Cahill 27 Great Britain GBR
7 Brit McRoberts 27 Canada CAN
8 Ruth Wysocki 27 United States USA
9 Fița Lovin 33 Romania ROU
10 Debbie Scott-Bowker 25 Canada CAN
11 Lynne MacDougall 19 Great Britain GBR
12 Elly van Hulst 25 Netherlands NED
7 h1 r1/2 Missy Kane 29 United States USA
7 h2 r1/2 Jill McCabe 21 Sweden SWE
8 h1 r1/2 Diana Richburg 21 United States USA
8 h2 r1/2 Alejandra Ramos 25 Chile CHI
9 h1 r1/2 Helen Ritter 26 Liechtenstein LIE
9 h2 r1/2 Liliana Góngora 18 Argentina ARG
10 h1 r1/2 Justina Chepchirchir 15 Kenya KEN
10 h2 r1/2 Marcianne Mukamurenzi 24 Rwanda RWA
11 h1 r1/2 Laverne Bryan 19 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
12 h1 r1/2 Kriscia García 20 El Salvador ESA