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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women'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 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016

Gold: KEN Faith Kibiegon
Silver: ETH Genzebe Dibaba
Bronze: USA Jenny Barringer-Simpson


The two favorites were Kenya’s [Genzebe Dibaba] and [Faith Kibiegon]. They did nothing to dispel that status when they both won their semi-finals. Americans [Jenny Simpson] and [Shannon Rowbury] were both considered to have shots at medals. [Laura Weightman] led the final through 400 metres in a walking pace of 76.57, with the Americans close on her heels. Dibaba moved to the lead at 800 metres, passed in 2:27.11, still very slow. She then put it in another gear, running the third 400 in 56.7, with only Kipyegon and Britain’s [Laura Muir] on her shoulder. Kipyegon took the lead with 200 left, and simply moved ahead, winning by over 10 metres in 4:08.92, the second-slowest Olympic winning time ever. Dibaba was struggling on the straight, but held on to win silver. Simpson had been sixth at the bell but started to move with 250 remaining, and gradually picked off runners to move up to bronze. Rowbury had been eighth at the bell and ran the same sort of pace, finishing just behind her teammate.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Faith Kibiegon 22 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Genzebe Dibaba 25 Ethiopia ETH Silver
3 Jenny Barringer-Simpson 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Shannon Rowbury 31 United States USA
5 Sifan Hassan 23 Netherlands NED
6 Meraf Bahta 27 Sweden SWE
7 Laura Muir 23 Great Britain GBR
8 Dawit Seyaum 20 Ethiopia ETH
9 Besu Sado 20 Ethiopia ETH
10 Sofia Ennaoui 20 Poland POL
11 Laura Weightman 25 Great Britain GBR
12 Rababe Arafi 25 Morocco MAR
6 h2 r2/3 Viola Lagat 27 Kenya KEN
7 h2 r2/3 Nicole Sifuentes 30 Canada CAN
8 h1 r2/3 Linden Hall 25 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Malika Akkaoui 28 Morocco MAR
9 h1 r2/3 Zoe Buckman 27 Australia AUS
9 h2 r2/3 Diana Sujew 25 Germany GER
10 h1 r2/3 Konstanze Klosterhalfen 19 Germany GER
10 h2 r2/3 Danuta Urbanik 26 Poland POL
11 h1 r2/3 Ciara Mageean 24 Ireland IRL
11 h2 r2/3 Jenny Blundell 22 Australia AUS
12 h1 r2/3 Brenda Martinez 28 United States USA
12 h2 r2/3 Angelika Cichocka 28 Poland POL
7 h1 r1/3 Hilary Stellingwerff 34 Canada CAN
8 h1 r1/3 Maureen Koster 24 Netherlands NED
9 h1 r1/3 Siham Hilali 30 Morocco MAR
9 h2 r1/3 Gabriela Stafford 20 Canada CAN
10 h1 r1/3 Amela Terzić 23 Serbia SRB
10 h2 r1/3 Muriel Coneo 29 Colombia COL
11 h1 r1/3 Nancy Chepkwemoi 22 Kenya KEN
11 h2 r1/3 Tigest Gashaw 19 Bahrain BRN
11 h3 r1/3 Margherita Magnani 29 Italy ITA
12 h1 r1/3 Marta Freitas 23 Portugal POR
12 h2 r1/3 Florina Pierdevară 26 Romania ROU
12 h3 r1/3 Kadra Mohamed 19 Djibouti DJI
13 h1 r1/3 Saraswati Bhattarai 22 Nepal NEP
13 h2 r1/3 Nikki Hamblin 28 New Zealand NZL
13 h3 r1/3 Nelia Martins 18 Timor Leste TLS
14 h1 r1/3 Celma Bonfim 38 Sao Tome and Principe STP
14 h2 r1/3 Anjelina Nadai Lohalith 23 Refugee Olympic Athletes ROT