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The 1500m
Around the Academy:

Maria Mutola in action
Mutola is the current Olympic Queen of the 800m

This is also called the "metric mile" and is run over three-and-three-quarters of the track.

Tactics are everything, having to choose between starting quickly and conserving energy for a strong finish.

Tatyana Kazankina (Rus) Born 17.12.51
Hicham El Guerrouj
The running King
At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Kazankina achieved a gold double in the 800m and 1500m and amazingly claimed new world records in both.

It was the start of eight years of domination and at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, she became the first woman to run the 1500m faster than Finnish legend Paavo Nurmi.

Hicham El Guerrouj (MOR) Born 14.9.74
He has emerged over the last few years as the most dominant middle distance runner on the planet and currently holds the world record in the 1500m, 2000m and the mile.

Since his World Champs silver in 1995, the Moroccan has won at three consecutive World Championships and only a fall prevented an Olympic gold at Atlanta in 1996.


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Track events
100m
200m
400m
800m
1500m
Relay
Sprint hurdles
400m hurdles
Heptathlon
Decathlon

World record
Men: 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 14.7.98
Women: 3:50.46 Yunxia Qu (CHN) 11.9.93


1500m rules
You should stay in your lane until the end of the first curve and only then can you break away and cut inside
You can not continue in the race if you voluntarily leave the track
You face disqualification if you run across or obstruct another competitor



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