Asbel Kiprop, the defending champion and world leader, leads a daunting Kenyan trio who will arrive in London well-armed to take home the first Olympic 1500m medal sweep in 104 years.
Kiprop, who at 19 years, 50 days old became the youngest-ever medallist in the event in Beijing, is a particularly solid bet to repeat given his performance in Monaco in late July where the performance he displayed clearly made him the man to beat in London. Dominating the proceedings, Kiprop powered to a commanding 3:28.88 run, the first sub-3:29 performance since 2004. It was the 23-year-old’s second career best of 2012, and his third 1500m/mile win of the season. After the race he said he’s fully prepared for any pace the race might throw at him – fast or slow. There's no reason to doubt him.