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
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 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
- 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.
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
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.