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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Women

Date15 – 17 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants51 from 30 countries

This was the inaugural steeplechase event at the Olympics for women, but the event had been held at the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. In the heats the newness of the event was evident when one runner fell face-first into the water jump. The 2007 champion was Yekaterina Volkova but the world record holder was her teammate Gulnara Samitova-Galkina, who had set it back in 2004. Samitova-Galkina had run at the Athina Olympics in the 5K, placing sixth. In the final, Samitova-Galkina took the lead early and pulled along four other runners – Tatyana Petrova (RUS), Eunice Jepkorir (KEN), Ruth Bisibori (KEN), and Zemzem Ahmed (ETH). After 1,000 metres only Petrova and Jepkorir remained with Samitova-Galkina, but at 2K, she was running alone. She won by half the final straight in 8:58.81, a world record, and became the first woman to break 9-minutes for the steeple. Jepkorir held on for the silver medal. Volkova had not been a factor early, but caught the chase group at the bell, and was able to pull away for the bronze medal.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

In October 2016 Yekaterina Volkova of Russia was revealed to have a positive re-test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), and was disqualified, losing her bronze medal, which was re-assigned to her teammate, Tatyana Petrova.

12783Gulnara GalkinaRUS9:15.17 (1 h1)8:58.81 (1)Gold
22258Eunice JepkorirKEN9:21.31 (1 h3)9:07.41 (2)Silver
32782Tatyana PetrovaRUS9:28.85 (1 h2)9:12.33 (3)Bronze
42702Cristina CasandraROU9:22.38 (4 h1)9:16.85 (4)
52266Ruth BosiboriKEN9:19.75 (2 h1)9:17.35 (5)
61669Zemzem AhmedETH9:25.63 (3 h3)9:17.85 (6)
72581Wioletta FrankiewiczPOL9:21.88 (3 h1)9:21.76 (7)
83138Jenny BarringerUSA9:29.20 (3 h2)9:22.26 (8)
93255Anna WillardUSA9:28.52 (5 h3)9:25.63 (9)
102079Elena RomagnoloITA9:27.48 (4 h3)9:30.04 (10)
111594Zulema Fuentes-PilaESP9:29.40 (4 h2)9:35.16 (11)
123030Habiba GhribiTUN9:25.50 (5 h1)9:36.43 (12)
132053Roisin McGettiganIRL9:28.92 (2 h2)9:55.89 (13)
AC r2/21591Marta DomínguezESP9:22.11 (2 h3)– (AC)
5 h2 r1/22662Jéssica AugustoPOR9:30.23 (5 h2)
6 h1 r1/21793Helen ClitheroeGBR9:29.14 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/22701Ancuța BobocelROU9:35.31 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/21880Antje Möldner-SchmidtGER9:29.86 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/21357Zhu YanmeiCHN9:29.63 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/21735Sophie DuarteFRA9:38.08 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/22371Rasa TroupLTU9:30.21 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/23135Lindsey AndersonUSA9:36.81 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/21670Sofia AssefaETH9:47.02 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/21048Donna MacFarlaneAUS9:32.05 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/21668Mekdes BekeleETH9:41.43 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/22917Muna DurkaSUD9:53.09 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/22652Sara MoreiraPOR9:34.39 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/22039Fionnuala BrittonIRL9:43.57 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/21114Veerle DejaeghereBEL9:54.65 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/22594Katarzyna KowalskaPOL9:47.02 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/23113Valentyna HorpynychUKR9:43.95 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/22388Hanane OuhaddouMAR9:56.41 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/21848Barbara ParkerGBR9:51.93 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/21595Rosa María MoratóESP9:45.33 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/22268Veronica NyaruaiKEN10:01.69 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/21370Li ZhenzhuCHN10:04.05 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/21080Victoria MitchellAUS9:47.88 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/22427Oxana JuravelMDA10:04.38 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/22336Inna PoluškinaLAT10:18.60 (13 h3)
14 h1 r1/23036Türkan ErişmişTUR9:48.54 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/23043Aslı ÇakırTUR10:05.76 (14 h2)
15 h1 r1/22672Clarisse CruzPOR9:49.45 (15 h1)
15 h2 r1/21929Eirini KokkinariouGRE10:22.39 (15 h2)
16 h1 r1/22209Minori HayakariJPN9:49.70 (16 h1)
16 h2 r1/21400Zhao YanniCHN10:36.77 (16 h2)
17 h1 r1/21020Widad MendilALG9:52.35 (17 h1)
AC h2 r1/22167Mardrea HymanJAM– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/22176Korene HindsJAM– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/21268Dobrinka ShalamanovaBUL– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/21220Zenaide VieiraBRA– (AC h3)
AC2760Yekaterina VolkovaRUS9:23.06 (AC h3)9:07.64 (AC)DQ1

Round One (15 August 2008)

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

Heat One (20:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Gulnara GalkinaRUS9:15.17QOR
213Ruth BosiboriKEN9:19.75Q
310Wioletta FrankiewiczPOL9:21.88Q
49Cristina CasandraROU9:22.38Q
517Habiba GhribiTUN9:25.50q
61Helen ClitheroeGBR9:29.14
716Zhu YanmeiCHN9:29.63
83Lindsey AndersonUSA9:36.81
96Mekdes BekeleETH9:41.43
108Fionnuala BrittonIRL9:43.57
117Valentyna HorpynychUKR9:43.95
1214Rosa María MoratóESP9:45.33
1312Victoria MitchellAUS9:47.88
1411Türkan ErişmişTUR9:48.54
155Clarisse CruzPOR9:49.45
164Minori HayakariJPN9:49.70
1715Widad MendilALG9:52.35


1000m3:02.63Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
2000m6:10.62Gulnara Samitova-Galkina

Heat Two (20:37)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Tatyana PetrovaRUS9:28.85Q
212Roisin McGettiganIRL9:28.92Q
311Jenny BarringerUSA9:29.20Q
45Zulema Fuentes-PilaESP9:29.40Q
51Jéssica AugustoPOR9:30.23
63Ancuța BobocelROU9:35.31
710Sophie DuarteFRA9:38.08
89Sofia AssefaETH9:47.02
914Muna DurkaSUD9:53.09
1015Veerle DejaeghereBEL9:54.65
1113Hanane OuhaddouMAR9:56.41
1217Veronica NyaruaiKEN10:01.69
137Oxana JuravelMDA10:04.38
144Aslı ÇakırTUR10:05.76
158Eirini KokkinariouGRE10:22.39
162Zhao YanniCHN10:36.77
AC16Mardrea HymanJAMDNF


1000m3:04.44Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova
2000m6:17.44Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova

Heat Three (20:49)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Eunice JepkorirKEN9:21.31Q
212Marta DomínguezESP9:22.11Q
310Zemzem AhmedETH9:25.63Q
415Elena RomagnoloITA9:27.48q
57Anna WillardUSA9:28.52q
616Antje Möldner-SchmidtGER9:29.86
713Rasa TroupLTU9:30.21
817Donna MacFarlaneAUS9:32.05
95Sara MoreiraPOR9:34.39
109Katarzyna KowalskaPOL9:47.02
116Barbara ParkerGBR9:51.93
124Li ZhenzhuCHN10:04.05
131Inna PoluškinaLAT10:18.60
AC11Korene HindsJAMDNF
AC2Dobrinka ShalamanovaBULDNF
AC14Zenaide VieiraBRADNF
AC3Yekaterina VolkovaRUS9:23.06DQQ2


1000m3:06.43Yekaterina Volkova
2000m6:13.01Yekaterina Volkova

Final (17 August 2008 — 21:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Gulnara GalkinaRUS8:58.81WR
25Eunice JepkorirKEN9:07.41
38Tatyana PetrovaRUS9:12.33
42Cristina CasandraROU9:16.85
511Ruth BosiboriKEN9:17.35
63Zemzem AhmedETH9:17.85
712Wioletta FrankiewiczPOL9:21.76
89Jenny BarringerUSA9:22.26
914Anna WillardUSA9:25.63
107Elena RomagnoloITA9:30.04
116Zulema Fuentes-PilaESP9:35.16
1210Habiba GhribiTUN9:36.43
1313Roisin McGettiganIRL9:55.89
AC4Marta DomínguezESPDNF
AC15Yekaterina VolkovaRUS9:07.64DQ3


1000m2:58.63Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
2000m6:01.20Gulnara Samitova-Galkina