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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date3 – 5 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants39 from 27 countries
Olympic Record 8:05.51 / Julius Kariuki KEN / 30 September 1988

Which Kenyan would it be? That had become the question in the Olympic steeplechase, with Kenyans having won the last seven gold medals, 9 of the last 11, and taking 15 of the last 21 available medals, sweeping the event in 1992 and 2004. They had only failed to win in 1976 and 1980 when Kenya boycotted the Olympics, and Track & Field News was predicting another medal sweep. The Kenyan team included the 2004 gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi, Abel Mutai, the 2012 African Champion, and Brimin Kipruto, the 2007 World Champion, and World runner-up in 2011, who was the favorite.

The final pace was slow early, with American Donn Cabral taking the lead after two laps. With three laps remaining Mutai moved to the lead and forced the pace, pulling Kemboi and Kipruto, and Ethiopian Roba Gari along with him. With just under two laps to go, Kipruto fell, and although he got up quickly he was now 20 metres behind the leaders, and never got back, eventually placing fifth. At the bell the lead group was Gari, Mutai, Kemboi, two-time European champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France, and American Evan Jager. Kemboi took the lead at the start of the back straight, and Gari and Jager dropped off the leaders’ pace. Kemboi came off the water jump with a 10-metre lead and had secured his second gold medal in the event. Mekhissi-Benabbad passed Mutai in the final metres to win silver.

Kemboi’s victory made him only the second runner to win two golds in the steeplechase, after Finland’s Volmari Iso-Hollo, who had won in 1932 and 1936. Gari placed fourth as Ethiopia had still not won a medal in this event, except in the boycotted 1980 Olympics. Jager and Cabral gave the United States two surprising places in the top eight, with Jager sixth, and Cabral eighth.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
12297Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:20.97 (2 h3)8:18.56 (1)Gold
21762Mahiedine Mekhissi-BenabbadFRA8:16.23 (1 h1)8:19.08 (2)Silver
32314Abel MutaiKEN8:17.70 (3 h1)8:19.73 (3)Bronze
41685Roba GariETH8:20.68 (1 h3)8:20.00 (4)
52303Brimin KiprutoKEN8:28.62 (1 h2)8:23.03 (5)
63223Evan JagerUSA8:16.61 (2 h1)8:23.87 (6)
72455Hamid EzzineMAR8:21.25 (3 h3)8:24.90 (7)
83208Donn CabralUSA8:21.46 (4 h3)8:25.91 (8)
93071Tarık AkdağTUR8:17.85 (4 h1)8:27.64 (9)
102482Ion LuchianovMDA8:22.09 (5 h3)8:28.15 (10)
112463Brahim TalebMAR8:29.02 (3 h2)8:32.40 (11)
121691Nahom MesfinETH8:18.16 (5 h1)8:35.12 (12)
132133Yuri FlorianiITA8:29.01 (2 h2)8:40.07 (13)
AC r2/21723Jukka KeskisaloFIN8:29.13 (4 h2)– (AC)
AC r2/23111Benjamin KiplagatUGA8:18.44 (6 h1)– (AC)
5 h2 r1/22804Nikolay ChavkinRUS8:29.72 (5 h2)
6 h2 r1/21034Youcef AbdiAUS8:29.81 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/21006Khaled BelabbasALG8:22.32 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/23064Amor Ben YahiaTUN8:22.70 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/23109Jacob AraptanyUGA8:35.85 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/21287Alex GenestCAN8:22.62 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/23349José Gregorio PeñaVEN8:24.06 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/21770Vincent Zouaoui-DandrieuxFRA8:36.96 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/23148Vadym SlobodeniukUKR8:23.35 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/22368Ali Ahmed Al-AmriKSA8:26.22 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/23204Kyle AlcornUSA8:37.11 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/22667Łukasz ParszczyńskiPOL8:30.08 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/22462Hicham Al-SiguéniMAR8:35.89 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/22269Artyom KosinovKAZ8:42.27 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/21595Weynay GhebresilasieERI8:37.57 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/21629Ángel MulleraESP8:38.07 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/22628Mario BazánPER8:51.95 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/22047Albert MinczérHUN8:40.74 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/22715Alberto PauloPOR8:40.74 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21628Abdelaziz MerzouguiESP8:58.20 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/21835Stuart StokesGBR8:43.04 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/21926Steffen UliczkaGER8:41.08 (13 h1)
AC1690Birhan GetahunETH– (AC h2)DNF
AC1619Víctor GarcíaESP– (AC h3)DNF

Round One (3 August 2012 — 13:00)

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

Heat One (13:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Mahiedine Mekhissi-BenabbadFRA8:16.23Q
29Evan JagerUSA8:16.61Q
34Abel MutaiKEN8:17.70Q
410Tarık AkdağTUR8:17.85Q
513Nahom MesfinETH8:18.16q
66Benjamin KiplagatUGA8:18.44q
78Amor Ben YahiaTUN8:22.70
81José Gregorio PeñaVEN8:24.06
912Ali Ahmed Al-AmriKSA8:26.22
102Hicham Al-SiguéniMAR8:35.89
115Ángel MulleraESP8:38.07
1211Alberto PauloPOR8:40.74
133Steffen UliczkaGER8:41.08

Splits

1000m2:44.67Benjamin Kiplagat
2000m5:31.50Tarık Akdağ

Heat Two (13:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Brimin KiprutoKEN8:28.62Q
26Yuri FlorianiITA8:29.01Q
33Brahim TalebMAR8:29.02Q
44Jukka KeskisaloFIN8:29.13Q
510Nikolay ChavkinRUS8:29.72
67Youcef AbdiAUS8:29.81
75Jacob AraptanyUGA8:35.85
811Vincent Zouaoui-DandrieuxFRA8:36.96
99Kyle AlcornUSA8:37.11
1013Artyom KosinovKAZ8:42.27
118Mario BazánPER8:51.95
1212Abdelaziz MerzouguiESP8:58.20
AC1Birhan GetahunETHDNF

Splits

1000m2:50.48Jacob Araptany
2000m5:42.04Jacob Araptany

Heat Three (13:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Roba GariETH8:20.68Q
28Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:20.97Q
313Hamid EzzineMAR8:21.25Q
412Donn CabralUSA8:21.46Q
511Ion LuchianovMDA8:22.09q
64Khaled BelabbasALG8:22.32
79Alex GenestCAN8:22.62
810Vadym SlobodeniukUKR8:23.35
92Łukasz ParszczyńskiPOL8:30.08
106Weynay GhebresilasieERI8:37.57
113Albert MinczérHUN8:40.74
127Stuart StokesGBR8:43.04
AC1Víctor GarcíaESPDNF

Splits

1000m2:46.00Donn Cabral
2000m5:36.40Donn Cabral

Final (5 August 2012 — 21:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
112Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:18.56
21Mahiedine Mekhissi-BenabbadFRA8:19.08
32Abel MutaiKEN8:19.73
410Roba GariETH8:20.00
55Brimin KiprutoKEN8:23.03
613Evan JagerUSA8:23.87
77Hamid EzzineMAR8:24.90
89Donn CabralUSA8:25.91
96Tarık AkdağTUR8:27.64
1011Ion LuchianovMDA8:28.15
113Brahim TalebMAR8:32.40
1214Nahom MesfinETH8:35.12
138Yuri FlorianiITA8:40.07
AC15Jukka KeskisaloFINDNF
AC4Benjamin KiplagatUGADQ1

Splits

1000m2:52.70Donn Cabral
2000m5:43.26Abel Mutai