Tokyo previews – Men’s 1500m

The 1500m is one of the most exciting of the entire games. Timothy Cheruiyot starts as a clear favourite but his recent fourth place in the Kenyan champs shows anything can happen on the day.


Tuesday 3 August 01:00 UK Time (Heats) Thursday 5th August 12.00pm UK Time (Semifinals) Saturday 7 August 12.40pm UK Time (Final)

2021 Top Times

2021 RankingTimeAthleteCountry
13.28.28Timothy CheruiyotKenya
23.28.76Mohamed KatirSpain
33.29.25Jakob IngebrigtsenNorway
43.29.51Stewart McSweynAustralia
53.30.30Charles Cheboi SimotwoKenya
63.30.42Marcin LewandowskiPoland
73.30.71Samuel TeferaEthiopia
83.31.55Josh KerrGreat Britain
93.31.74Azeddine HabzFrance
103.31.82Melese NberetEthiopia

British interest

Josh Kerr, Jake Wightman and Jake Heyward make up a strong British entry. Josh Kerr’s 8th on the World list is the only time not achieved in Monaco. Chances of a medal may depend on how many they can get in the final but each have a chance, Kerr and Wightman with the most realistic ambitions.

The Favourites

Timothy Cheruiyot is the clear favourite and seems to have gotten over the disappointment of originally missing out on the Kenyan squad. This will be his greatest challenge and it is by no means sewn up. Look at Mohamed Katir of Spain, who has broken national records at 1500, 3000 and 5000 and bettered both Jakob and Stewie McSweyn in recent weeks. Jakob’s prospects of a medal may depend on how much gold is his sole objective and expect Josh Kerr to try and take advantage of any tying legs from the more fancied favourites in front.

Our medal predictions

  1. Timothy Cheruiyot
  2. Mohamed Katir
  3. Josh Kerr (assuming Jakob goes for gold).


WR : 3.26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj

OR: 3.32.07 Noah Ngeny (Sydney 2000)

Featured image “DOH70089 1500m men heats kimeli f ingebrigtsen” by babbo1957 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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