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The 1,500 metres Run is a premier middle distance track event. It is judged a very tough distance to perform at mentally. The distance is often witness to some of the more tactical, more physical races in the sport, as many championship races are won in the final few metres.
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. Thus, speed is necessary, and it seems that the more aerobic conditioning, the better. 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.
Masters 1,500 metres All-Time Rankings