Verona: Morceli sets JC 1500 Record Nice: Report Lausanne: Report
Morceli Sets JC 1500 RecordVerona, Italy, June 28 - If Indiana's Bob Kennedy wants to defend his 1500 title next year, he might have some very tough competition in Noureddine Morceli, who just finished his soph year at California's Riverside CC.
Just 7 months older than Kennedy, the 20-year-old Algerian should have two years of Division 1 eligibility, although at this point there is no word on where (if anywhere) he might be headed.
Morceli confirmed his great potential here with a JC record 3:34.84, becoming the No. 5 collegian ever in crushing Italy's Gennaro Di Napoli (3:37.08), last year's No. 6 ranker.
- Track and Field News September 1990, p.13.
The 1500 has long been ripe for a blast-off all season. Even with 16 men in the race, Babacar Niang's 1:55.9 pace had taken care of the crowd problem. But the third lap sagged, resulting in only a 3:35.05 from Noureddine Morceli, who outkicked Simon Doyle (3:35.45) down the stretch. Things bunched up a bit among the also-rans, with 11 runners dipping under 3:40.
Joe Falcon, the lone American in the field, was 6th in 3:36.45. Afterwards, he said, "I'm going to have to sharpen my elbows a bit before the next race. There were a lot of gut checks in that pack."
- by Ed Gordon, Track and Field News September 1990, p.22.
Although the mile field contained no genuine star, it did include the summer's surprise, 20-year-old Algerian Noureddine Morceli, who stayed within the pack while the others dutifully followed omnipresent pacemaker Ken Washington through a 1:58.8.
At 1100m Washington departed and Morceli took the cue to move methodically into striking position. Accelerating down the final straight, he hit the wire first, in a PR 3:35.06, followed by Mogens Fuldberg (3:54.64). - by Ed Gordon, Track and Field News September 1990, p.23.