Rashid Ramzi crosses the finish line. (Photo credit: Xinhua)
(BEIJING, August 19) — Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain out-sprinted the pack to win Bahrain’s firstin the Men’s 1500m in 3:32.94.
Ramzi bided his time among the chasing pack until 200m to go, when he powered home. His strength and form held, despite pressure in the last 100m from Asbel Kipruto Kiprop of Kenya.
Kiprop won silver in 3:33.11, while Nicholas Willis ofwon New Zealand’s second medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, outpacing the chasing pack in the last 20m to take the bronze medal in 3:34.16.
Kiprop had been the early race leader, going straight to the front from the bell along with Ramzi and Daham Naim Bashir of Qatar.
At 800m Kiprop was passed by his compatriot Augustine Kiprono Choge of Kenya, who increased the pace of what had been a slow race.
Ramzi and Bashir followed his break before Ramzi broke with half a lap remaining. Kiprop appeared to have been run out of contention, but showed great strength to work his way back into the medal positions.
Once Ramzi and Kiprop had crossed the line there still remained four runners in contention for bronze, but it was Willis who had the greater pace for the finish.