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Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 29, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988

Gold: KEN Peter Rono
Silver: GBR Peter Elliott
Bronze: GDR Jens-Peter Herold


Two-time defending champion [Sebastian Coe] was not chosen for the British team. But [Steve Cram] was back and became the first runner to make the 1,500 final at three Olympics. The world record was held by Morocco’s [Saïd Aouita], who had won the 5K in 1984. Aouita ran but withdrew from the semis with a hamstring injury. The 1983 World Champion [Abdi Bile] of Somalia had to withdraw shortly before the Olympics began, because of a tibial stress fracture. The final was run at a slow pace, with Kenya’s [Peter Rono] taking the lead at 700 metres, the 800 being passed in over two minutes. He was completely unheralded but held the lead to the end, never letting any of the kickers pass him. His final 800 was run in 1:50.0.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Peter Rono 21 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Peter Elliott 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Jens-Peter Herold 23 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Steve Cram 27 Great Britain GBR
5 Steve Scott 32 United States USA
6 Han Kulker 29 Netherlands NED
7 Kipkoech Cheruiyot 23 Kenya KEN
8 Marcus O'Sullivan 26 Ireland IRL
9 Mário da Silva 27 Portugal POR
10 Jeff Atkinson 25 United States USA
11 Joseph Chesire 30 Kenya KEN
12 Omer Khalifa 31 Sudan SUD
7 h1 r2/3 Mogens Guldberg 25 Denmark DEN
7 h2 r2/3 Markus Hacksteiner 23 Switzerland SUI
8 h1 r2/3 Rémy Geoffroy 25 France FRA
8 h2 r2/3 Mark Deady 21 United States USA
9 h1 r2/3 Rachid Kram 25 Algeria ALG
9 h2 r2/3 Steve Crabb 24 Great Britain GBR
10 h1 r2/3 Spyros Spyrou 30 Cyprus CYP
10 h2 r2/3 Mbiganyi Thee 26 Botswana BOT
11 h2 r2/3 Gennaro Di Napoli 20 Italy ITA
12 h2 r2/3 Moustafa Lachaal 24 Morocco MAR
AC h1 r2/3 Abdel Majid Moncef 27 Morocco MAR
AC h1 r2/3 Peter Wirz 28 Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r1/3 Saïd Aouita 28 Morocco MAR
6 h2 r1/3 Marco Rapp 30 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/3 Ari Suhonen 22 Finland FIN
7 h2 r1/3 Dave Campbell 28 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/3 Joaquim Cruz 25 Brazil BRA
7 h4 r1/3 Mahmoud El-Kalboussi 23 Tunisia TUN
8 h1 r1/3 José Luíz Barbosa 27 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r1/3 Mohamed Suleiman 18 Qatar QAT
8 h4 r1/3 Dale Jones 24 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
9 h1 r1/3 Branko Zorko 21 Yugoslavia YUG
9 h2 r1/3 Duan Xiuquan 21 China CHN
9 h4 r1/3 Mohamed Barak Al-Dosari 27 Saudi Arabia KSA
10 h1 r1/3 Mike Watson 30 Bermuda BER
10 h2 r1/3 Pat Scammell 27 Australia AUS
10 h3 r1/3 Gerry O'Reilly 24 Ireland IRL
10 h4 r1/3 Eulucane Ndagijimana 27 Rwanda RWA
11 h1 r1/3 Melford Homela 18 Zimbabwe ZIM
11 h2 r1/3 Jama Mohamed Aden 26 Somalia SOM
11 h3 r1/3 Jo Jin-Saeng 23 South Korea KOR
11 h4 r1/3 Josep Graells 24 Andorra AND
12 h1 r1/3 Hoche Yaya Aden 21 Djibouti DJI
12 h2 r1/3 Ramón López 25 Paraguay PAR
12 h3 r1/3 Jan Kubista 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
12 h4 r1/3 Zeki Öztürk 22 Turkey TUR
13 h1 r1/3 Eugénio Katombi 30 Angola ANG
13 h2 r1/3 Kenneth Dzekedzeke 19 Malawi MAW
13 h3 r1/3 Moses Zarak Khan 22 Fiji FIJ
13 h4 r1/3 Doug Consiglio 24 Canada CAN
14 h1 r1/3 Modupe Jonah Sierra Leone SLE
14 h2 r1/3 Bernardo Elonga 27 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
14 h3 r1/3 Awad Saleh Ahmed 19 North Yemen YAR
14 h4 r1/3 Seid Gayaplé 21 Chad CHA
15 h1 r1/3 Mohamed Ould Khayar 21 Mauritania MTN
15 h3 r1/3 John Siguria 23 Papua New Guinea PNG
15 h4 r1/3 Hari Bahadur Rokaya 23 Nepal NEP