| Event type

3,000 metres Steeplechase, Women

Date4 – 6 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants44 from 26 countries

Russia’s Yuliya Zaripova had won the steeple at the 2011 World Championships, and had steadily moved up the world rankings, ranking 3rd in 2009, 2nd in 2010, and 1st in 2011. She came into London favored and proved the experts correct, winning the gold medal in a comfortable 9:06.72, almost two seconds ahead of the runner-up Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia. Zaripova led from the start and continued to string out the field with her excellent hurdling technique. After two kilometres, only Al-Ghribi, Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia and Milcah Chemos of Kenya could maintain contact with her. On the final lap, Al-Ghribi moved to Zaripova’s shoulder and seemed ready to pass her, but Zaripova picked up the pace and waltzed away to victory, not hampered by having led from the start. Zaripova said, “It was easy to win this gold. I was very confident about winning.” Assefa followed Al-Ghribi across the line for the bronze medal, with Chemos finishing fourth. Defending champion Gulnara Samitova-Galkina competed in the final but did not finish.

Al-Ghribi did not have an easy time competing as a Tunisian woman in athletics. Radicals in Tunisia claimed her behavior was un-Islamic and they urged the Tunisian government to strip her of her nationality because her running gear was too revealing.

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.

The gold medalist, Yuliya Zaripova, was found guilty of a biological passport offense in March 2016 and was disqualified. Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi was advanced to the gold medal, while the silver went to the original bronze medalist, Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia, with original fourth-place finisher Milcah Chemos was awarded the bronze medal.

No other medalists were affected but between May and December 2015, three runners were also disqualified for biological passport offenses. These were Spaniard Marta Domínguez, who finished 12th in the final, Turkish runner Binnaz Uslu, and Ukrainian Svitlana Shmidt, both of whom did not advance out of the first round. Another runner, Gülcan Mıngır, who also did not make the final, was later disqualified for a retroactive doping positive announced in February 2020.

13069Habiba GhribiTUN9:27.42 (2 h2)9:08.37 (1)Gold
21699Sofia AssefaETH9:25.42 (1 h2)9:09.84 (2)Silver
32328Milcah Chemos CheywaKEN9:27.09 (3 h1)9:09.88 (3)Bronze
41700Hiwot AyalewETH9:24.01 (1 h3)9:12.98 (4)
51707Etenesh DiroETH9:25.31 (2 h1)9:19.89 (5)
61952Antje Möldner-SchmidtGER9:26.57 (3 h3)9:21.78 (6)
71945Gesa Felicitas KrauseGER9:24.91 (1 h1)9:23.52 (7)
83278Emma CoburnUSA9:27.51 (3 h2)9:23.54 (8)
92340Mercy NjorogeKEN9:25.99 (2 h3)9:26.73 (9)
102723Clarisse CruzPOR9:30.06 (4 h2)9:32.44 (10)
112401Poļina JeļizarovaLAT9:27.21 (4 h1)9:38.56 (11)
123290Bridget FranekUSA9:29.86 (4 h3)9:45.51 (12)
AC r2/22858Gulnara GalkinaRUS9:28.76 (5 h1)– (AC)
5 h2 r1/22896Yelena OrlovaRUS9:33.14 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/22762Ancuța BobocelROU9:31.06 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/21870Barbara ParkerGBR9:32.07 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/23164Valentyna ZhudinaUKR9:37.90 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/23118Dorcus InzikuruUGA9:35.29 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/21381Li ZhenzhuCHN9:34.29 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/22342Lydia RotichKEN9:42.03 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/21732Sandra ErikssonFIN9:50.71 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/21650Diana MartínESP9:35.77 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/22111Stephanie ReillyIRL9:44.77 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/21863Eilish McColganGBR9:54.36 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/21072Genevieve LaCazeAUS9:37.90 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/22691Katarzyna KowalskaPOL9:48.60 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/22467Kaltoum BouaasayriyaMAR9:58.77 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/22200Korene HindsJAM9:37.95 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/22749Beverly RamosPUR9:55.26 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/21267Silviya DanekovaBUL9:59.52 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/22468Salima El Ouali AlamiMAR9:44.62 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/22764Cristina CasandraROU9:58.83 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/23093Özlem KayaTUR10:03.52 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/23302Shalaya KippUSA9:48.33 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/21394Yin AnnaCHN10:09.10 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/22700Matylda SzlęzakPOL10:08.84 (12 h3)
13 h1 r1/22076Sudha SinghIND9:48.86 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/21426Ángela FigueroaCOL10:25.60 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/21185Sviatlana KudzelichBLR9:54.77 (14 h1)
AC1646Marta DomínguezESP9:29.71 (AC h2)9:36.45 (AC)DQ1
AC3101Binnaz UsluTUR10:31.00 (AC h1)DQ2
AC3189Svitlana ShmidtUKR10:01.09 (AC h3)DQ3
AC2902Yuliya ZaripovaRUS9:25.68 (AC h3)9:06.72 (AC)DQ4
AC3096Gülcan MıngırTUR9:47.35 (AC h2)DQ5

Round One (4 August 2012 — 11:35)

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

Heat One (11:35)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Gesa Felicitas KrauseGER9:24.91Q
22Etenesh DiroETH9:25.31Q
313Milcah Chemos CheywaKEN9:27.09Q
411Poļina JeļizarovaLAT9:27.21Q
56Gulnara GalkinaRUS9:28.76q
65Barbara ParkerGBR9:32.07
79Li ZhenzhuCHN9:34.29
83Diana MartínESP9:35.77
915Genevieve LaCazeAUS9:37.90
1010Korene HindsJAM9:37.95
118Salima El Ouali AlamiMAR9:44.62
124Shalaya KippUSA9:48.33
1312Sudha SinghIND9:48.86
1414Sviatlana KudzelichBLR9:54.77
AC1Binnaz UsluTUR10:31.00DQ6


1000m3:08.77Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
2000m6:22.09Gulnara Samitova-Galkina

Heat Two (11:51)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Sofia AssefaETH9:25.42Q
211Habiba GhribiTUN9:27.42Q
32Emma CoburnUSA9:27.51Q
413Clarisse CruzPOR9:30.06q
514Yelena OrlovaRUS9:33.14
615Valentyna ZhudinaUKR9:37.90
77Lydia RotichKEN9:42.03
81Stephanie ReillyIRL9:44.77
912Katarzyna KowalskaPOL9:48.60
109Beverly RamosPUR9:55.26
114Cristina CasandraROU9:58.83
125Yin AnnaCHN10:09.10
1310Ángela FigueroaCOL10:25.60
AC8Marta DomínguezESP9:29.71DQ7
AC3Gülcan MıngırTUR9:47.35DQ8


1000m3:09.56Emma Coburn
2000m6:21.03Emma Coburn

Heat Three (12:07)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Hiwot AyalewETH9:24.01Q
27Mercy NjorogeKEN9:25.99Q
310Antje Möldner-SchmidtGER9:26.57Q
45Bridget FranekUSA9:29.86q
514Ancuța BobocelROU9:31.06
61Dorcus InzikuruUGA9:35.29
712Sandra ErikssonFIN9:50.71
811Eilish McColganGBR9:54.36
98Kaltoum BouaasayriyaMAR9:58.77
104Silviya DanekovaBUL9:59.52
1113Özlem KayaTUR10:03.52
129Matylda SzlęzakPOL10:08.84
AC3Yuliya ZaripovaRUS9:25.68DQQ9
AC2Svitlana ShmidtUKR10:01.09DQ10


1000m3:08.73Antje Möldner-Schmidt
2000m6:19.31Hiwot Ayalew

Final (6 August 2012 — 21:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Habiba GhribiTUN9:08.37
29Sofia AssefaETH9:09.84
32Milcah Chemos CheywaKEN9:09.88
413Hiwot AyalewETH9:12.98
55Etenesh DiroETH9:19.89
67Antje Möldner-SchmidtGER9:21.78
712Gesa Felicitas KrauseGER9:23.52
88Emma CoburnUSA9:23.54
91Mercy NjorogeKEN9:26.73
1011Clarisse CruzPOR9:32.44
114Poļina JeļizarovaLAT9:38.56
1214Bridget FranekUSA9:45.51
AC15Gulnara GalkinaRUSDNF
AC10Yuliya ZaripovaRUS9:06.72DQ11
AC3Marta DomínguezESP9:36.45DQ12


1000m3:06.24Yuliya Zaripova
2000m6:11.60Yuliya Zaripova