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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date16 – 18 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants39 from 26 countries

Kenya had won the gold medal in this event at every Olympics at which they had participated since 1968 – they boycotted 1976 and 1980. The defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi was back as was 2007 World Champion Brimin Kipruto, with Richard Mateelong, 2007 World bronze medalist, their third steepler. A medal sweep seemed possible as they had done in 1992 and 2004. The pace was not fast enough to drop any of the favorites in the final. At the bell everybody had a chance with Kipruto seventh as they started the final lap. But he moved up on the backstretch and was third at the water jump, trailing Matelong and France’s unheralded Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. Kipruto surged ahead as they exited the water and seemed on his way to an easy gold. But the unknown Mekhissi-Benabbad did not fold and closed within 0.15 seconds at the tape, Kipruto getting the gold and the Frenchman the silver. Matelong held on for another bronze, but the Kenyan sweep did not materialize as Kemboi faded to seventh. For Kenya, their dominance in this event is unprecedented in recent Olympic track & field history. Going back to 1968, they had competed nine times (of 11), and won nine times. They had swept the medals twice (1992/2004), and had finished one-two in 1968, 1972, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2008. Of the 27 medals available to them since 1968, they had won 19.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
12285Brimin KiprutoKEN8:23.53 (2 h1)8:10.34 (1)Gold
21777Mahiedine Mekhissi-BenabbadFRA8:16.95 (2 h2)8:10.49 (2)Silver
32256Richard MateelongKEN8:19.87 (2 h3)8:11.01 (3)Bronze
41682Yacob JarsoETH8:16.88 (1 h2)8:13.47 (4)
51768Bob TahriFRA8:23.42 (1 h1)8:14.79 (5)
61062Youcef AbdiAUS8:17.97 (6 h2)8:16.36 (6)
72244Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:17.55 (4 h2)8:16.38 (7)
82697Abubaker Ali KamalQAT8:21.85 (4 h3)8:16.59 (8)
93053Benjamin KiplagatUGA8:20.22 (3 h3)8:20.27 (9)
102959Mustafa MohamedSWE8:17.80 (5 h2)8:20.69 (10)
111262Tareq Mubarak TaherBRN8:23.66 (4 h1)8:21.59 (11)
122429Ion LuchianovMDA8:18.97 (7 h2)8:27.82 (12)
133166Anthony FamigliettiUSA8:17.34 (3 h2)8:31.21 (13)
142731Ruben RamolefiRSA8:19.86 (1 h3)8:34.58 (14)
152398Abdelkader HachlafMAR8:23.62 (3 h1)9:02.06 (15)
5 h1 r1/21667Nahom MesfinETH8:23.82 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/21599Eliseo MartínESP8:23.19 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/22848Ildar MinshinRUS8:26.85 (6 h1)
6 h3 r1/22390Hamid EzzineMAR8:27.45 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/22615Tomasz SzymkowiakPOL8:29.37 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/21770Vincent Zouaoui-DandrieuxFRA8:27.91 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/21017Rabia MakhloufiALG8:29.74 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/22874Boštjan BučSLO8:21.24 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/21666Roba GariETH8:28.27 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/22208Yoshitaka IwamizuJPN8:29.80 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/22399Brahim TalebMAR8:23.09 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/23201Josh McAdamsUSA8:33.26 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/22345Valērijs ŽolnerovičsLAT8:37.65 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/21852Andrew LemoncelloGBR8:36.06 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/22850Pavel PotapovichRUS8:36.29 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/22669Alberto PauloPOR8:39.11 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/23275Billy NelsonUSA8:36.66 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/21121Pieter DesmetBEL8:37.99 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/21598Rubén PalomequeESP8:58.50 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21617José Luis BlancoESP8:37.37 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/23034Halil AkkaşTUR8:44.70 (12 h3)
13 h2 r1/22321Ali Ahmed Al-AmriKSA9:09.73 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/22062Itay MagidiISR9:05.02 (13 h3)
AC h1 r1/22104Matteo VillaniITA– (AC h1)
DNS1700Jukka KeskisaloFIN– (DNS h2)

Round One (16 August 2008)

Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (9:20)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Bob TahriFRA8:23.42Q
22Brimin KiprutoKEN8:23.53Q
312Abdelkader HachlafMAR8:23.62Q
41Tareq Mubarak TaherBRN8:23.66Q
55Nahom MesfinETH8:23.82
68Ildar MinshinRUS8:26.85
74Tomasz SzymkowiakPOL8:29.37
810Rabia MakhloufiALG8:29.74
99Yoshitaka IwamizuJPN8:29.80
107Valērijs ŽolnerovičsLAT8:37.65
1111Alberto PauloPOR8:39.11
126Rubén PalomequeESP8:58.50
AC13Matteo VillaniITADNF

Splits

1000m2:53.48Bob Tahri
2000m5:45.01Bob Tahri

Heat Two (9:32)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Yacob JarsoETH8:16.88Q
28Mahiedine Mekhissi-BenabbadFRA8:16.95Q
313Anthony FamigliettiUSA8:17.34Q
45Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:17.55Q
51Mustafa MohamedSWE8:17.80q
62Youcef AbdiAUS8:17.97q
710Ion LuchianovMDA8:18.97q
814Boštjan BučSLO8:21.24
99Brahim TalebMAR8:23.09
1012Andrew LemoncelloGBR8:36.06
113Billy NelsonUSA8:36.66
124José Luis BlancoESP8:37.37
1311Ali Ahmed Al-AmriKSA9:09.73
DNS7Jukka KeskisaloFIN

Splits

1000m2:40.79Anthony Famiglietti
2000m5:31.21Anthony Famiglietti

Heat Three (9:44)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Ruben RamolefiRSA8:19.86Q
26Richard MateelongKEN8:19.87Q
37Benjamin KiplagatUGA8:20.22Q
43Abubaker Ali KamalQAT8:21.85Q
52Eliseo MartínESP8:23.19
64Hamid EzzineMAR8:27.45
712Vincent Zouaoui-DandrieuxFRA8:27.91
88Roba GariETH8:28.27
99Josh McAdamsUSA8:33.26
1011Pavel PotapovichRUS8:36.29
111Pieter DesmetBEL8:37.99
1210Halil AkkaşTUR8:44.70
1313Itay MagidiISR9:05.02

Splits

1000m2:49.62Ruben Ramolefi
2000m5:38.70Ruben Ramolefi

Final (18 August 2008 — 21:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Brimin KiprutoKEN8:10.34
211Mahiedine Mekhissi-BenabbadFRA8:10.49
31Richard MateelongKEN8:11.01
46Yacob JarsoETH8:13.47
52Bob TahriFRA8:14.79
613Youcef AbdiAUS8:16.36
73Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:16.38
89Abubaker Ali KamalQAT8:16.59
914Benjamin KiplagatUGA8:20.27
1012Mustafa MohamedSWE8:20.69
1110Tareq Mubarak TaherBRN8:21.59
1215Ion LuchianovMDA8:27.82
138Anthony FamigliettiUSA8:31.21
144Ruben RamolefiRSA8:34.58
155Abdelkader HachlafMAR9:02.06

Splits

1000m2:46.97Ruben Ramolefi
2000m5:33.84Mustafa Mohamed