How the Olympic 1500m final was won

NZ Newswire August 8, 2012, 9:26 am

How the Olympic men's 1500m final was won:

Start: Morocco's Abdalaati Iguider and and Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi burst away at the start to vie for the lead. Nick Willis, who drew the inside lane, settles in fifth.

400m: Bahrain's Belal Ali takes up the pace to lead the field through the opening lap in 58.30 seconds with Kenya's Nixon Chepseba on his shoulder. Willis, still tucked on the inside lane, looks comfortable.

800m: Chepseba moves to the front but the pace slackens, covering the second 400m in 60.33. Willis is tucked in behind, tracking well.

1200m: Makhloufi leads the 12-strong field at the bell with Willis handy on the inside in fourth as the speed picks up. Favourite Asbel Kiprop moves up to lead with 300m to go with the third 400m covered in 56.09. Willis slips back.

Finish: Makhloufi sets for home from the 300m mark, sprinting down the back straight to open up a gap. With 200m left to go he has a 10m lead and accelerates into the home straight with daylight between him and the chasing pack. He powers away to win as Leonel Manzano from the United States finishes quickly for second and Iguider holds on for third. Willis fails to match the searing pace in the final lap and trails home 20m behind Makhloufi in ninth.

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