Ramzi's win in 1,500 meters makes history for Bahrain

Updated: August 19, 2008, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Rashid Ramzi has won the 1,500 meters to give Bahrain its first-ever Olympic track and field gold medal.

[+] EnlargeRashid Ramzi
AP Photo/Mark BakerRashid Ramzi was already a world champion at 1,500 meters. But his victory on Tuesday gave Bahrain its first-ever Olympic gold medal.

Moroccan-born Ramzi, the 2005 world champion in the 800 and 1,500, won Tuesday's final in 3 minutes, 32.94 seconds.

Kipruto Kiprop of Kenya took silver in 3:33.11 and Nicholas Willis of New Zealand got the bronze in 3:34.16.

Mehdi Baala of France, a two-time European champion and world championship silver medalist in 2003, was fourth.

Bernard Lagat, who edged Ramzi at the 2007 world championships, was eliminated in the semifinals.

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