By David Greenberg, guest correspondent for LetsRun.com
April 1, 2019
MONACO — Olympic and World Championship competition will replace the 1500-meter run with the 1600 starting with the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced Monday. This marks the end of the 1500 after over 100 years of Olympic competition.
“It’s just easier,” said Bence Von Augustine, a spokesperson for the IAAF. The Americans have been trying to get us to do this since 1904. No more marking a line 109 meters into the race for no good reason, no more questions about why we have a 3 ¾ lap race. Four laps, start and finish are the same. It’s for the best.”