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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 16, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: USA Matt Centrowitz
Silver: ALG Taoufik Makhloufi
Bronze: NZL Nick Willis


The favorite in this event was Kenyan [Asbel Kiprop], the 2008 gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, and the world list leader in five of the last six years. His main challenger was expected to be the defending gold medalist, [Taoufik Makhloufi] of Algeria. Both made the final comfortably as did American [Matt Centrowitz], who had won silver at the 2013 World Championships, and bronze at the 2011 Worlds, also placing fourth at the London Olympics, but he was not expected to challenge for gold in Rio.

Centrowitz took the lead and set a historically dawdling pace, passing 400 metres in 66.9 and then slowing the pace even more, running 69.8 for the second lap, and passing 800 metres in 2:16.7. The question was who would start the kick, and when. The answer came at 600 metres when Centrowitz took off, running the next 200 metres in 27.4. He was briefly headed at 1,000 metres by Djiboutian [Ayanleh Souleiman] but he went wide on the far turn and Centrowitz re-took the lead. It was a lead he never relinquished, winning a stunning upset gold medal in 3:50.00. Centro ran a historic last 800 in 1:49.8, although his winning time was the slowest at the Olympics since [Luigi Beccali] won in 3:51.2 at the 1932 Games. Makhloufi came on fast for the silver medal, adding this to his silver medal from the 800 metres, with bronze going to New Zealand’s [Nick Willis].

Centrowitz was the first American to win the 1,500 metres since [Mel Sheppard] at the 1908 London Olympics. He was only the third American to win gold in the event, with [Jim Lightbody] winning in 1904 and 1906.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Matt Centrowitz 26 United States USA Gold
2 Taoufik Makhloufi 28 Algeria ALG Silver
3 Nick Willis 33 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Ayanleh Souleiman 23 Djibouti DJI
5 Abdalaati Iguider 29 Morocco MAR
6 Asbel Kiprop 27 Kenya KEN
7 David Bustos 25 Spain ESP
8 Ben Blankenship 27 United States USA
9 Ryan Gregson 26 Australia AUS
10 Nate Brannen 33 Canada CAN
11 Ronald Musagala 23 Uganda UGA
12 Charlie Grice 22 Great Britain GBR
13 Ronald Kwemoi 20 Kenya KEN
6 h2 r2/3 Mekonnen Gebremedhin 27 Ethiopia ETH
7 h2 r2/3 Homiyu Tesfaye 23 Germany GER
8 h1 r2/3 Benson Seurei 32 Bahrain BRN
8 h2 r2/3 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot 25 Canada CAN
9 h1 r2/3 Jakub Holuša 28 Czech Republic CZE
9 h2 r2/3 Fouad El-Kaam 28 Morocco MAR
10 h1 r2/3 Dawit Wolde 25 Ethiopia ETH
10 h2 r2/3 Chris O'Hare 25 Great Britain GBR
11 h1 r2/3 Henrik Ingebrigtsen 25 Norway NOR
12 h1 r2/3 Pieter-Jan Hannes 23 Belgium BEL
13 h1 r2/3 Brahim Kaazouzi 26 Morocco MAR
AC h2 r2/3 Robby Andrews 25 United States USA
DNS r2/3 Elijah Manangoi 23 Kenya KEN
8 h2 r1/3 Hamish Carson 27 New Zealand NZL
9 h1 r1/3 Julian Matthews 28 New Zealand NZL
9 h2 r1/3 Adel Mechaal 25 Spain ESP
10 h1 r1/3 Florian Carvalho 27 France FRA
11 h1 r1/3 Thiago André 20 Brazil BRA
11 h2 r1/3 Paulo Amotun 24 Refugee Olympic Athletes ROT
11 h3 r1/3 Salim Keddar 22 Algeria ALG
12 h1 r1/3 Santino Kenyi 22 South Sudan SSD
12 h2 r1/3 Augusto Soares 29 Timor Leste TLS
12 h3 r1/3 Luke Mathews 21 Australia AUS
13 h1 r1/3 Saud Al-Zaabi 27 United Arab Emirates UAE
13 h3 r1/3 İlham Özbilen 26 Turkey TUR
14 h3 r1/3 Mohammed Rageh 18 Yemen YEM
15 h3 r1/3 Erick Rodríguez 26 Nicaragua NCA
AC h2 r1/3 Filip Ingebrigtsen 23 Norway NOR
AC h2 r1/3 Abdi Waiss Mouhyadin 20 Djibouti DJI