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Games of the XXX Olympiad - Metric Mile Viewer’s Guide

August 10, 2012

By Bring Back the Mile

Below we have provided links to the schedule, athletes and related event previews. We will be updating this page through the metric Mile / 1500 meter rounds with results.


GOLD Makhloufi Taoufik Algeria 3:34.08
SILVER Manzano Leo USA 3:34.79
BRONZE Iguider Abdalaati Morocco 3:35.13
4th Centrowitz Matthew USA 3:35.17
5th Ingebrigtsen Henrik Norway 3:35.43
6th Gebremedhin Mekonnen Ethiopia 3:35.44
7th Kiplagat Silas Kenya 3:36.19
8th Ozbilen Ilham Tanui Turkey 3:36.72
9th Willis Nick New Zealand 3:36.94
10th Ali Mansoor Bahrain 3:37.98
11th Chepseba Nixon Kiplimo Kenya 3:39.04
12th Kiprop Asbel Kenya 3:43.83

1500 Meters (3:35.50 / 3:38.00, Olympic "A" and "B" standards)

Olympic Record (3:32.07), Noah Ngeny, Kenya, Sydney 2000
World Record (3:26.00), Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco, 1998
U.S. Record (3:29.30), Bernard Lagat, 2005

Last American gold medal (Mel Sheppard, London 1908)
Last American medal (silver, Leo Manzano, London 2012)
TOTAL MEDALS = 14 (3 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze)
Courtesy Running USA

Additional BBTM Facts

  • Last time an American medaled in London: Mel Sheppard at the 1908 Olympics Games where he won Gold for the USA in 4:03.4, an Olympic record at the time.
  • Manzano & Centrowitz: 1st & 2nd fastest Olympic performances at 1500 meters for the USA. Jim Spivey had the previous fastest mark with a 3:35.55 in 1992 at the Barcelona Games.
  • Last time two U.S. men finished in top 5 in an Olympic 1500 meters? 1936 Berlin Games: Cunningham (silver, 3:48.4) & Romani (4th, 3:50.0)
  • Top Kenyan in 2012 was 7th. The last time a Kenyan failed to medal was at the 1992 Barcelona Games

Round by Round Information

  • First Round: Friday, August 3 - 3:05 PM (EST)
    > Round 1 Results
    > Centrowitz, Manzano, Wheating all qualify for semifinals
  • Semifinals: Sunday, August 5 - 3:15 PM (EST)
    > Semifinal Results
    > Centrowitz, Manzano qualify for final. First American men since Jason Pyrah in 2000 (10th) to make Olympic finals.
  • FINALS: Tuesday, August 7 - 4:15 PM (EST)
    > Final Results
    > Manzano kicks ferociously in the last 100 meters to earn a silver medal. Centrowitz finishes 4th in an incredibly well run race.


1500 Meters (4:06.00 / 4:08.90, Olympic "A" and "B" standards)

Olympic Record (3:53.96), Paula Ivan, Romania, Seoul 1988
World Record (3:50.46), Yunxia Qu, China, 1993
U.S. Record (3:57.12), Mary Decker, 1983

Last American gold medal (not yet)
Last American medal (not yet, best U.S. finish, 6th by Shannon Rowbury, 4:11.26, London 2012)
Courtesy Running USA

  • First Round: Monday, August 6 - 6:45 AM (EST)
    > First Round Results
    > Rowbury makes it on time out of heat one, Simpson keeps it close in heat two nabbing last auto-qaulifying spot and Uceny finishes 2nd in the third heat to move all Americans to the Semis.
  • Semifinals: Wednesday, August 8 - 2:45 PM (EST)
    > Semifinal Results
    > Rowbury & Uceny automatically qualify out of the first heat, while 2011 World Champion, Simpson, does not qualify out of the semis. 
  • FINALS: Friday, August 10 - 3:55 PM (EST)
    > Final Results 
    > Rowbury finishes in 6th, highest finish for U.S. woman in Olympic 1500 meter final. Uceny heartbreakingly fell to the track with one lap remaining and did not finish.
GOLD Cakir Alptekin Asli Turkey 4:10.23
SILVER Bulut Gamze Turkey 4:10.40
BRONZE Jamal Maryam Yusuf Bahrain 4:10.74
4th Tomashova Tatyana Russia 4:10.90
5th Aregawi Abeba Ethiopia 4:11.03
6th Rowbury Shannon USA 4:11.26
7th Kareiva Natallia Belarus 4:11.58
8th Klocova Lucia Slovakia 4:12.64
9th Kostetskaya Ekaterina Russia 4:12.90
10th Dobriskey Lisa Great Britain 4:13.02
11th Weightman Laura Great Britain 4:15.60
12th Obiri Hellen Onsando Kenya 4:16.57
  Uceny Morgan USA DNF


Additional Resources

Tags: shannon rowbury (61) , olympics (68) , metric mile (6) , matthew centrowitz (133) , london 2012 (46) , leo manzano (108) , jenny simpson (136) , 1500 meters (6)

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