High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM UTC
The women's 1,500m squad is led by Olympic Trials champion Morgan Uceny. Photo:

Women’s 1,500m

(4:06.00 / 4:08.90) – Final, Friday, August 10
Olympic Record (3:53.96), Paula Ivan, Romania, Seoul 1988
World Record (3:50.46), Yunxia Qu, China, 1993
U.S. Record (3:57.12), Mary Decker, 1983

Last American gold medal (not yet)
Last American medal (not yet, best U.S. finish, 7th by Shannon Rowbury, 4:03.58, Beijing 2008)

* Morgan Uceny (Mammoth Lakes, CA), 2012 Olympic Trials champion; #1 world-ranked 1500m in 2011
* Shannon Rowbury (San Francisco, CA), 2009 World Championships 1500m bronze medalist; two-time Olympic team member
* Jenny Simpson (Colorado Springs, CO), 2011 World Championships 1500m gold medalist; two-time Olympic team member

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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