Medal count by country in the Women's 1,500m at the Summer Olympics 1972-2016

The Women's 1,500 meter event was introduced to the Summer Olympics in the 1968 games in Mexico City. Since then, Soviet athletes saw the most success in this event, winning three golds and seven overall medals (Romanian athletes have also won seven total medals, but only one of these was gold). The Soviet Union's Tatyana Kazankina is the only athlete to have won two golds in this event. The 2012 gold and silver medals were originally won by Turkish runners Aslı Çakır Alptekin and Gamze Bulut, but both athletes were stripped of their medals due to doping offences in 2015 and 2017 respectively; the gold medal was redistributed to Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain (originally from Kenya) in 2017, and the other medals were then reallocated in 2018. The 2012 event is known as one of the "dirtiest races in Olympic history" as six of the top nine original finishers were found to have used performance enhancing drugs at some point in their career.

Medal count by country in the Women's 1,500m at the Summer Olympics from 1972 to 2016

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Sources

Release date

2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1972 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*No longer exists/competes at the Olympics.
**Includes medals won by the Unified Team of 1992 (which was made up of athletes from all former Soviet States, except the three Baltic states).

This data was collected using the official Olympic.org site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

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