The event of 1500 meter sprint needs great
physical stamina as well as hard training. Athletes sans these
requirements exhaust themselves in the race. Olympics titles of 1500
meter sprint carry high value in the athlete community.
1500 meter sprint for men made its debut since the beginning of the
modern Olympics in 1896. Thereafter, it has been a regular feature
in the Olympics.
1500 meter race for men in Olympics is governed in accordance with
the rules of the International Association of Athletes Federations
- Length and width of the tracks and lanes must be in
accordance with the specifications of the IAAF.
- Runners are prohibited from running on the inner line of the
- Any sprinter who commits two consecutive false starts is
barred from taking part in the race.
- Any runner found guilty of obstructing the race is
- Any sprinter who steps out of the track faces instant
- If the participants are too many, preliminary heats are
organized. Top twelve winners of the preliminaries participate
in the final round. All the athletes have to participate in the
- Automatic timing devices approved by IAAF are used for
measuring time in the tournament.
- Any athlete who is unable to touch the finish line for
whatever reason is not considered no matter what has been his
performance in the middle.
For a long time, the event has been dominated by the British and US
runners. However, African sprinters broke their domination.
Currently, athletes from the three places give tough competition to
Top performers of the event have been Steve Cram, Herb Elliott,
Hicham El Guerrouj, Bernard Lagat, John Landy, Mehdi Baala, Said
Aouita, Fermin Cacho, Sebastian Coe, Vénuste Niyongabo,
Daniel Komen, Noureddine Morceli, Steve Ovett, Jim Ryun, Peter
Snell, John Walker, Noah Ngeny, and John Walker.