Can anyone tell me anything regarding the track times for the 1500m in the olympics between 1949 and 2006?
1952 - Josey Barthel of Luxemboug won in 3:45.1
1956 - Ron Delany of Ireland won in 3:41.2
1960 - Herb Elliot of Australia won in 3:35.6
1964 - Peter Snell of New Zealand won in 3:38.1
1968 - Kip Keino of Kenya won in 3:34.9
1972 - Pekka Vasala of Finland won in 3:36.3
1976 - John Walker of New Zealand won in 3:39.17
1980 - Sebastian Coe of Great Britain won in 3:38.40
1984 - Sebastian Coe of Great Britain won in 3:32.52
1988 - Peter Rono of Kenya won in 3.35.96
1992 - Fermin Cacho of Spain won in 3.40.12
1996 - Noureddine Morceli of Algeria won in 3.35.78
2000 - Noah Ngeny of Kenya won in 3.32.07
2004 - Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco won in 3.34.18
So, what we can say is:
The times improved from 3:45.1 to 3:32.07, well off the current world record of 3:26.0
One World record was set by Herb Elliot 3:35.6
The fastest winning time was 3:32.07 by Kenya's Ngeny.
Most of the races were tactical in nature, thus most of the times were well off the the WR or the athletes's PRs. (Especially in 1976, 1980 & 1992)
Kenya has won 3 golds, Great Britian and Australia has 2 each.
Europe has produced 6 winners, Africa has 5, and Australia/NZ has 3.
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