It was the highest finish ever by an American woman in the 1,500 at the Olympics. She finished seventh (which was then the highest finish by an American woman) in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Alsi Cakir Alptekin (4:10:23) and Gamze Bulut (4:10:40) of Turkey went 1-2 to capture the gold and silver.
Fellow American Morgan Uceny looked as though she might medal, but was tripped up from behind in the final lap and landed hard on her hip and knee. She did not finish the race.