1500 metres


1500 metres

The 1,500 metres (or meters) is a premier middle distance track event.

In modern times, it has become more of a prolonged sprint with each lap averaging under 55 seconds for the world record performance by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1998 at Rome. [ [http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/toplists/inout=O/age=N/season=0/sex=M/all=y/legal=A/disc=1500/detail.htmx iaaf.org - 0 Toplists M - O ] ] The 1500 is three and three-quarter laps around a 400 metre track. Through the 1980s the event was dominated by British runners, but through the 1990s, the African runners began to take over, with runners from Kenya, Morocco and Algeria winning the Olympic titles.

In American high schools, the one mile (which is 1609.344 metres) and 1600 m, also colloquially referred to as "metric mile," are more frequently run than the 1500 m, since Imperial units are better-known in the US. Which is used depends on the state the high school is in, and, for convenience, national rankings are standardized by converting all 1600 m times to their one mile equivalents.Fact|date=February 2008

Top Ten Fastest Athletes

Men

*Updated October 3, 2008.

Women's Seasons Best (Outdoor)

Other Sports

1,500 metres is also an event in swimming and speed skating. The world records for the distance in swimming are 14:10.10 by Grant Hackett and 15:42.39 by Laure Manaudou. Both records were set in Short course pools.

The world records for the distance in speed skating are 1:42.01 by Denny Morrison and 1:51.79 by Cindy Klassen. [ [http://www.geocities.com/speedsk8fan/sskwr.html Current Speedskating World Records ] ]

ee also

*World record progression 1500 metres

References

* [http://www.apulanta.fi/matti/yu/ytbyeve_Men.html#1500m Statistics]

External links

* [http://www.iaaf.org/ International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)] – official site
* [http://www.athletix.org/statistics/stats.html World Record progression in athletics]
* [http://www.world-masters-athletics.org/ World Masters Athletics] - official site
* [http://www.mastersathletics.net Masters Track & Field World Rankings]

* [http://www.alltime-athletics.com Athletics all-time performances]


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