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Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: KEN Nancy Langat
Silver: UKR Iryna Lishchynska
Bronze: UKR Nataliya Tobias


Prior to the Olympics, the Russians were expected to challenge for the medals in this event. But the entire Russian athletics team was roiled by multiple doping irregularities, and their three top 1,500 women were eliminated – Yelena Soboleva, 2008 indoor World Champion and 2007 World silver medalist; Yuliya Fomenko (Chizhenko-), 2008 indoor silver medalist; and Athina silver medalist [Tatyana Tomashova]. They had not actually tested positive but were found to have substituted clean urine at doping control, and when found out, were banned for two years. The favorite's role fell to Ethiopian-born Bahraini [Maryam Jamal], the 2007 World Champion, but the event was open. The final was led for two laps by the lone remaining Russian women in the event, [Anna Alminova]. Jamal took the lead on the homestraight of the third lap, planning a sustained kick. But at 1,250 m., [Nancy Langat] burst to the front, and ran her last 200 in 29.4 to win the gold medal by over 10 metres. Jamal fell back to fifth. Langat was little-known, her last major international title being the World Junior title at 800 back in 2000.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nancy Langat 26 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Iryna Lishchynska 32 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Nataliya Tobias 27 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Lisa Dobriskey 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Maryam Jamal 23 Bahrain BRN
6 Natalia Rodríguez 29 Spain ESP
7 Shannon Rowbury 23 United States USA
8 Iris Fuentes-Pila 27 Spain ESP
9 Hanna Mishchenko 24 Ukraine UKR
10 Siham Hilali 22 Morocco MAR
11 Anna Alminova 23 Russia RUS
12 Btissam Lakhouad 27 Morocco MAR
4 h2 r1/2 Susan Scott 30 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Sarah Jamieson 33 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Viola Kibiwot 24 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r1/2 Stephanie Twell 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Gelete Burka 22 Ethiopia ETH
6 h3 r1/2 Sylwia Ejdys 24 Poland POL
7 h1 r1/2 Anna Jakubczak 35 Poland POL
7 h2 r1/2 Agnes Samaria 35 Namibia NAM
7 h3 r1/2 René Kalmer 27 South Africa RSA
8 h1 r1/2 Christy Wurth-Thomas 28 United States USA
8 h2 r1/2 Erin Donohue 25 United States USA
8 h3 r1/2 Sonja Roman 29 Slovenia SLO
9 h1 r1/2 Irene Jelagat 19 Kenya KEN
9 h2 r1/2 Lisa Corrigan 23 Australia AUS
9 h3 r1/2 Liu Qing 22 China CHN
10 h1 r1/2 Konstantina Efedaki 29 Greece GRE
10 h2 r1/2 Lidia Chojecka 31 Poland POL
10 h3 r1/2 Meskerem Assefa 22 Ethiopia ETH
11 h1 r1/2 Nahida Touhami 30 Algeria ALG
11 h2 r1/2 Domingas Togna 27 Guinea Bissau GBS
11 h3 r1/2 Bouchra Chaabi 27 Morocco MAR