Mens 1500m summary
The day after winning the 3000m, Haile Gebrselassie qualified automatically for the final of the 1500m with a heat victory in 3: 41.21. The Ethiopian, who actually false started, was given a hard time by Portugals Rui Silva, who shadowed him throughout the last half of the race and almost tripped him up as they both lapped Sampa Dendup of Bhutan. Kenyas Laban Rotich tried to catch the two front runners in the last 150 metres but to no avail clocking 3:41.32 behind Silvas 3:41.22. With three to qualify automatically, Britains Eddie King who has a curious backward leaning running style clinched one of the fastest losing qualifier spots with 3:41.92. Another to do that was European record holder Andres Diaz who could only finish fourth in the first heat. That race was won by Hakim Ali of Tunisia with a late sprint that took him past Diaz and early pace setter William Tanui. The Kenyan, who is the defending champion in this event, also succumbed to a surge from Morrocos Adil El Kaouch but held on for third.