Olympics
List of all Olympics Women's 1500 Meter winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Women's 1500 Meter

The 1500 meter sprint for women, also known as 'metric mile' are a test for the runner's speed and stamina. The winner of the Olympics gold medal is held in high regard in athlete community.

Debut in Olympics
The 1500 meter race for women event debuted in the Olympics was introduced at the 1972 Munich Summer Games. Thereafter, the event has been continuously part of the Olympics.

Rules
Rules and regulations of 1500 meter event for women have been set by International Association of Athletics Associations or IAAF. Some of the basic rules are given here.
  • If an athlete takes two false starts, she is disqualified.
  • Obstructing another sprinter's path attracts disqualification.
  • The radius of the outside lane of the track should not exceed 50 meter for any reason whatsoever.
  • For measuring time, an IAAF sanctioned standard automatic timing device is used.
  • The length and width of the track and lanes have to be in accordance with the parameters set by the IAAF.
  • If the people taking part in the race are more than twelve, preliminary heats are held. Athletes who emerge winner in the heats take part in the final round.
  • Sprinters who are not able to reach the finishing line are not given any credit no matter how good there performance is.
  • Anyone who has violated the track boundary is disqualified.
Running Techniques
The runners in 1500 meter event do not just solely rely on speed. They need superb stamina and mental toughness too. She has to think constantly and adjust to the needs and conditions. If a runner starts fast and continues at her best, she will exhaust herself quickly.

Top Performers
Top performers in 1500 meter event for women event are Lixin Lan, Nouria Merah-Benida, Lixin Lan, Tatyana Kazankina, Kelly Holmes, Ling Zhang, Olga Dvirna, Lili Yin, Svetlana Masterkova, Gabriela Szabo, Hassiba Boulmerka and Paula Ivan.

Women's 1500 Meter Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1972 Lyudmila Bragina
Soviet Union
Gunhild Hoffmeister
East Germany
Paola Pigni
Italy
1976 Tatyana Kazankina
Soviet Union
Gunhild Hoffmeister
East Germany
Ulrike Klapezynski
East Germany
1980 Tatiana Kazankina
Soviet Union
Christiane Wartenberg
East Germany
Nadezhda Olizarenko
Soviet Union
1984 Gabriella Dorio
Italy
Doina Melinte
Romania
Maricica Puica
Romania
1988 Paula Ivan
Romania
Laimute Baikauskaite
Soviet Union
Tatyana Samolenko-Dorovskikh
Soviet Union
1992 Hassiba Boulmerka
Algeria
Lyudmila ROGACHOVA
Unified Team
Qu Yunxia
China
1996 Svetlana Masterkova
Russia
Gabriela Szabo
Romania
Theresia Kiesl
Austria
2000 Nouria Merah-Benida
Algeria
Violeta Beclea
Romania
Gabriela Szabo
Romania
2004 Kelly Holmes
Great Britain
Tatyana Tomashova
Russia
Maria Cioncan
Romania
2008 Nancy Lagat
Kenya
Iryna Lishchynska
Ukraine
Nataliya Tobias
Ukraine
2012 Asli Çakir Alptekin
Turkey
Gamze Bulut
Turkey
Maryam Yusuf Jamal
Bahrain