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Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 29, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: ALG Noureddine Morceli
Silver: ESP Fermín Cacho
Bronze: KEN Stephen Kipkorir


[Noureddine Morceli] was the co-favorite with the Moroccan, [Hicham El Guerrouj]. Another challenger was Burundian [Vénuste Niyongabo], but he opted only to run the 5K. The final was very slow, with the first two laps both run in over 60 seconds. At 900 metres, Morceli moved to an outside lane to escape a box set up by the Kenyan trio of runners. He easily moved to the lead and atoned for his disappointing loss in 1992 by winning comfortably, with Spain’s defending champion, [Fermín Cacho], finishing strongly for the silver medal. El Guerrouj fell just before the bell lap and although he finished, he placed last in the final. After the 1996 Olympics El Guerrouj replaced Morceli as the top miler in the world.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Noureddine Morceli 26 Algeria ALG Gold
2 Fermín Cacho 27 Spain ESP Silver
3 Stephen Kipkorir 25 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Laban Rotich 27 Kenya KEN
5 William Tanui 32 Kenya KEN
6 Abdi Bile 31 Somalia SOM
7 Marko Koers 23 Netherlands NED
8 Ali Hakimi 20 Tunisia TUN
9 Mohamed Suleiman 26 Qatar QAT
10 Driss Maazouzi 26 Morocco MAR
11 John Mayock 25 Great Britain GBR
12 Hicham El Guerrouj 21 Morocco MAR
6 h2 r2/3 Isaac Viciosa 26 Spain ESP
7 h2 r2/3 Tony Whiteman 24 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Kader Chékhémani 25 France FRA
8 h2 r2/3 Christophe Impens 26 Belgium BEL
9 h1 r2/3 Branko Zorko 29 Croatia CRO
9 h2 r2/3 Paul McMullen 24 United States USA
10 h1 r2/3 Balázs Tölgyesi 23 Hungary HUN
10 h2 r2/3 Reyes Estévez 19 Spain ESP
11 h1 r2/3 Luís Feiteira 23 Portugal POR
11 h2 r2/3 Shane Healy 27 Ireland IRL
12 h1 r2/3 Niall Bruton 24 Ireland IRL
12 h2 r2/3 Kevin McKay 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/3 Ovidiu Olteanu 25 Romania ROU
5 h2 r1/3 Rachid El-Basir 27 Morocco MAR
5 h5 r1/3 Andrey Loginov 23 Russia RUS
6 h1 r1/3 Vyacheslav Shabunin 26 Russia RUS
6 h2 r1/3 Julius Achon 19 Uganda UGA
6 h4 r1/3 Marcus O'Sullivan 34 Ireland IRL
6 h5 r1/3 Dieudonné Kwizéra 29 Burundi BDI
7 h1 r1/3 Edgar de Oliveira 28 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r1/3 Luís Jesus 27 Portugal POR
7 h4 r1/3 Peter Philipp 24 Switzerland SUI
7 h5 r1/3 Ahmed Krama 23 Algeria ALG
8 h1 r1/3 Steve Agar 28 Dominica DMA
8 h2 r1/3 Joaquim Cruz 33 Brazil BRA
8 h3 r1/3 Mickaël Damian 26 France FRA
8 h4 r1/3 Werner Edler-Muhr 27 Austria AUT
8 h5 r1/3 Bahadur Prasad 30 India IND
9 h1 r1/3 Brian Hyde 23 United States USA
9 h2 r1/3 João N'Tyamba 28 Angola ANG
9 h3 r1/3 Jason Pyrah 27 United States USA
9 h4 r1/3 Alexis Sharangabo 17 Rwanda RWA
9 h5 r1/3 Éric Dubus 30 France FRA
10 h1 r1/3 Andriy Bulkovskiy 23 Ukraine UKR
10 h2 r1/3 Ali Ibrahim 25 Djibouti DJI
10 h3 r1/3 António Travassos 24 Portugal POR
10 h4 r1/3 Ali Mabrouk El-Zaidi 22 Libya LBA
10 h5 r1/3 Thomas Ebner 24 Austria AUT
11 h1 r1/3 Tawai Keiruan 23 Vanuatu VAN
11 h2 r1/3 Michael Gottschalk 24 Germany GER
11 h3 r1/3 Martin Johns 27 New Zealand NZL
11 h5 r1/3 Paul Cleary 20 Australia AUS
12 h3 r1/3 Hussain Riyaz 21 Maldives MDV
12 h5 r1/3 Selwyn Kole 22 Solomon Islands SOL
AC h4 r1/3 Graham Hood 24 Canada CAN