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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date14 – 16 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants40 from 27 countries

Viktor Kudinsky (URS) had won the 1966 European Championships and was favored but also highly considered was American George Young, who was entered in the unusual combination of the steeplechase and marathon. Track & Field News noted that Kenya’s Amos Biwott could be )a possible surprise). Biwott amazed the crowd with his technique over the water jump. Apparently almost afraid of the water, he leapt over the jump using long jump-type technique, completely clearing the water. His barrier technique was also unique and he jumped with both feet together rather than in a hurdling technique. Kenya’s Benjamin Kogo led the final thru the kilometer but at the bell he was leading with Young. Young went to the lead with 300 to go, but Biwott ran down everybody in the final straight to win the gold medal. This began the Kenyan dominance of the steeplechase event.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1562Amos BiwottKEN8:49.4 (1 h3)8:51.0 (1)Gold
2567Benjamin KogoKEN8:57.8 (1 h1)8:51.6 (2)Silver
3318George YoungUSA9:02.2 (2 h2)8:51.8 (3)Bronze
4112Kerry O'BrienAUS9:02.4 (3 h2)8:52.0 (4)
5818Aleksandr MorozovURS9:08.4 (4 h3)8:55.8 (5)
6155Mihail ZhelevBUL9:01.0 (2 h3)8:58.4 (6)
7141Gaston RoelantsBEL9:08.2 (3 h3)8:59.4 (7)
8647Arne RisaNOR9:07.2 (4 h1)9:09.0 (8)
9372Jean-Paul VillainFRA9:01.2 (1 h2)9:16.2 (9)
10738Bengt PerssonSWE9:06.4 (3 h1)9:20.6 (10)
11242Javier ÁlvarezESP9:03.8 (2 h1)9:24.6 (11)
AC r2/2811Viktor KudinskyURS9:05.2 (4 h2)– (AC)
5 h1 r1/2John JacksonGBR9:11.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Willi WagnerFRG9:24.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Bill ReillyUSA9:10.4 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2Conrad NightingaleUSA9:13.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2Labidi AyachiTUN9:24.6 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2Peter WelshNZL9:13.8 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2Tadesse Wolde-MedhinETH9:13.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2Nobuyoshi MiuraJPN9:33.0 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2Gareth Bryan-JonesGBR9:16.8 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/2687Manuel OliveiraPOR9:19.2 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2Maurice HerriottGBR9:34.6 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2Jan-Erik KarlssonSWE9:19.6 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2Klaus-Ludwig BrosiusFRG9:24.0 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2Albertino EtchechuryURU9:35.6 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2Taketsugu SaruwatariJPN9:26.2 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/2János SzabóHUN9:25.8 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2Eddy Van ButseleBEL9:38.8 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2Heinz-Gerd MöldersFRG9:32.2 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/2Pedro MirandaMEX9:26.0 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2Jan CychPOL9:50.8 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2Umberto RisiITA9:44.0 (11 h3)
12 h1 r1/2Domingo AmaisónARG9:43.0 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2Hans MenetSUI10:02.0 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/2448Julio QuevedoGUA9:48.4 (12 h3)
13 h2 r1/2236Efraín CorderoESA– (13 h2)
AC h1 r1/2Larbi OukadaMAR– (AC h1)
AC h3 r1/2Guy TexereauFRA– (AC h3)
AC h2 r1/2Mariano HaroESP9:16.0 (AC h2)

Round One (14 October 1968 — 17:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Benjamin KogoKEN8:57.88:57.80Q
23Javier ÁlvarezESP9:03.89:03.74Q
312Bengt PerssonSWE9:06.49:06.43Q
42Arne RisaNOR9:07.29:07.31Q
59John JacksonGBR9:11.49:11.33
610Conrad NightingaleUSA9:13.29:13.23
78Tadesse Wolde-MedhinETH9:13.29:13.24
85Manuel OliveiraPOR9:19.29:19.22
91Klaus-Ludwig BrosiusFRG9:24.09:23.98
1011János SzabóHUN9:25.89:25.82
114Pedro MirandaMEX9:26.09:25.95
126Domingo AmaisónARG9:43.09:43.06
ACLarbi OukadaMARDNF1

Splits

1000m2:59.4Pedro Miranda
2000m6:02.7Benjamin Kogo

Heat Two

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Jean-Paul VillainFRA9:01.29:01.12Q
29George YoungUSA9:02.29:01.49Q
38Kerry O'BrienAUS9:02.49:02.31Q
412Viktor KudinskyURS9:05.29:05.25Q
55Willi WagnerFRG9:24.49:24.492
613Labidi AyachiTUN9:24.69:24.623
71Nobuyoshi MiuraJPN9:33.09:32.954
87Maurice HerriottGBR9:34.69:34.685
911Albertino EtchechuryURU9:35.69:35.616
106Eddy Van ButseleBEL9:38.89:38.797
113Jan CychPOL9:50.89:50.788
1210Hans MenetSUI10:02.010:02.069
134Efraín CorderoESA11:19.2310
AC14Mariano HaroESP9:16.09:15.93DQ11

Splits

1000m2:52.8Jean-Paul Villain
2000m5:58.0Jean-Paul Villain

Heat Three

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Amos BiwottKEN8:49.48:49.39Q
29Mihail ZhelevBUL9:01.09:01.96Q
310Gaston RoelantsBEL9:08.29:08.29Q
46Aleksandr MorozovURS9:08.49:08.45Q
57Bill ReillyUSA9:10.49:10.35
65Peter WelshNZL9:13.89:13.80
712Gareth Bryan-JonesGBR9:16.89:16.86
82Jan-Erik KarlssonSWE9:19.69:19.64
94Taketsugu SaruwatariJPN9:26.29:26.30
101Heinz-Gerd MöldersFRG9:32.29:32.22
1111Umberto RisiITA9:44.09:43.97
126Julio QuevedoGUA9:48.49:48.37
AC13Guy TexereauFRADNF

Splits

1000m2:44.8Amos Biwott
2000m5:49.0Amos Biwott

Final (16 October 1968 — 17:20)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Amos BiwottKEN8:51.08:51.02
28Benjamin KogoKEN8:51.68:51.56
34George YoungUSA8:51.88:51.86
49Kerry O'BrienAUS8:52.08:52.08
512Aleksandr MorozovURS8:55.88:55.61
63Mihail ZhelevBUL8:58.48:58.41
710Gaston RoelantsBEL8:59.48:59.50
85Arne RisaNOR9:09.09:08.98
96Jean-Paul VillainFRA9:16.29:16.27
107Bengt PerssonSWE9:20.69:20.61
1111Javier ÁlvarezESP9:24.69:24.51
AC2Viktor KudinskyURSDNF

Splits

1000m3:04.2Benjamin Kogo
2000m6:03.2Gaston Roelants