07 MAR 2004 General News After a pair of 68

Men 1500m Final

After a pair of 68second opening laps, it was readily apparent that the men's 1500 metres would come down to a mad dash, and it did, with the runner who did much of the leading, Kenyan Paul Korir, winning as well. 

At 3:52.32, it was the slowest ever men's 1500m final, but it was also one of the closest.

As he did in his semi-final, Ukraine's Ivan Heshko made his move with 100 metres to go, but couldn't match the Kenyan's superior sustained kick, and finished second in 3:52.88.  Commonwealth Games Champion Micheal East, who jetted from the pack into third at the bell, finished third across the line in 3:52.88, but was subsequently disqualified after a protest by the Kenyan Federation, giving Kenyan Laban Rotich (3:52.93) the bronze medal.