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1997 European Athletics U23 Championships – Men's 1500 metres

The men's 1500 metres event at the 1997 European Athletics U23 Championships was held in Turku, Finland, on 10 and 12 July 1997.[1][2]


Gold Reyes Estévez
Silver Carlos García
Bronze Alexandru Vasile



12 July

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st place, gold medalist(s) Reyes Estévez  Spain 3:42.37
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Carlos García  Spain 3:43.24
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Alexandru Vasile  Romania 3:43.36
4 Dirk Heinze  Germany 3:44.81
5 Juha Kukkamo  Finland 3:45.16
6 David Salvati  France 3:45.25
7 Andrew Walker  Ireland 3:45.85
8 Sami Valtonen  Finland 3:45.97
9 Mauro Casagrande  Italy 3:46.09
10 Miroslav Suchý  Czech Republic 3:47.01
11 Frédéric Chocteau  France 3:47.18
12 Thomas Suter   Switzerland 3:47.28


10 July
Qualified: first 4 in each heat and 4 best to the Final

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Carlos García  Spain 3:44.56 Q
2 David Salvati  France 3:44.88 Q
3 Mauro Casagrande  Italy 3:45.23 Q
4 Juha Kukkamo  Finland 3:45.65 Q
5 Dirk Heinze  Germany 3:45.66 q
6 Sebastian Miller  Poland 3:46.33
7 Daniel Oniciuc  Romania 3:49.27
8 Evaldas Martinka  Lithuania 3:52.22
9 Danko Radomirović  Yugoslavia 3:55.36
10 Abdülkadir Türk  Turkey 3:58.01

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Reyes Estévez  Spain 3:43.14 Q
2 Alexandru Vasile  Romania 3:43.55 Q
3 Miroslav Suchý  Czech Republic 3:44.88 Q
4 Andrew Walker  Ireland 3:44.89 Q
5 Frédéric Chocteau  France 3:45.22 q
6 Thomas Suter   Switzerland 3:45.29 q
7 Sami Valtonen  Finland 3:46.22 q
8 Ben Reese  Great Britain 3:46.75
9 Jakub Fijałkowski  Poland 3:47.24


According to an unofficial count, 19 athletes from 14 countries participated in the event.


  1. ^ European Athletics U23 Championships Ostrava 2011 - STATISTICS HANDBOOK - 1st European Athletics U23 Championships - Turku, Finland 10.7. - 13.7.1997 (PDF), European Athletics Association, pp. 5–16, retrieved 24 October 2014
  2. ^ Gordon, Ed, European Championships for Under 23 (Turku, Finland),, archived from the original on 12 November 2007, retrieved 24 October 2014((citation)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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