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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date1 – 7 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants49 from 29 countries

The 1971 European Champion had been France’s Jean-Paul Villain while the 1970 Commonwealth Games Champion had been Australian Tony Manning. Defending champion Amos Biwott had finished third to Manning at the Commonwealth Games, with his Kenyan teammate Ben Jipcho winning the silver medal. The world record holder was Australia’s Kerry O’Brien who had run 8:22.0 in 1970. The final was started at a snail’s pace, and improved only slightly to the second kilometer, after which the pace got very fast. This strung out the field and only Jipcho, Finland’s Tapio Kantanen and Jipcho’s teammate, Kip Keino, were together on the last lap. Keino had the best speed, having won the 1,500 metres at the 1968 Olympics. He ran away from Kantanen on the final straight as Jipcho also passed the Finn for the silver medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1576Kip KeinoKEN8:27.6 (2 h1)8:23.64 (1)GoldOR
2574Ben JipchoKEN8:31.6 (1 h2)8:24.62 (2)Silver
3207Tapio KantanenFIN8:24.8 (1 h1)8:24.66 (3)Bronze
4729Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:28.2 (2 h4)8:27.92 (4)
5879Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:33.4 (3 h4)8:29.06 (5)
6572Amos BiwottKEN8:23.73 (1 h4)8:33.48 (6)
7930Romualdas BitėURS8:30.2 (2 h3)8:34.64 (7)
8213Pekka PäivärintaFIN8:28.95 (1 h3)8:37.17 (8)
9559Takaharu KoyamaJPN8:29.8 (3 h1)8:37.66 (9)
10200Mikko Ala-LeppilampiFIN8:31.8 (2 h2)8:41.03 (10)
11271Jean-Paul VillainFRA8:30.4 (3 h3)8:46.72 (11)
1276Mihail ZhelevBUL8:35.8 (3 h2)9:02.59 (12)
4 h1 r1/2776Gheorghe CefanROU8:33.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2381Willi MaierFRG8:37.6 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2874Josef HorčicTCH8:30.6 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2291Steve HollingsGBR8:35.0 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/2290Andy HoldenGBR8:33.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2565Akira TakeuchiJPN8:40.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2846Anders GärderudSWE8:30.8 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/2518Franco FavaITA8:35.0 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/2822Toni FeldmannSUI8:35.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2958Sergey SkripkaURS8:41.4 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2405Willi WagnerFRG8:34.0 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/2399Hans-Dieter SchultenFRG8:39.8 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/21009Steve SavageUSA8:39.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2686Jan VojeNOR8:42.0 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/264Paul ThysBEL8:35.0 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/23Boualem RahouiALG8:41.0 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/2235Gérard BuchheitFRA8:41.2 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2827Hans MenetSUI8:45.4 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2275John BicourtGBR8:38.8 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/2427Spyridon KontosorosGRE8:41.0 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/2858Filbert BayiTAN8:41.4 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2484Eddie LeddyIRL8:47.4 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2974Doug BrownUSA8:41.2 (9 h3)
9 h4 r1/2824Georges KaiserSUI8:45.4 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/2912Vitus AshabaUGA8:45.0 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2730Kazimierz MarandaPOL8:50.4 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/2431Panagiotis NakopoulosGRE8:48.4 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/2997Mike ManleyUSA8:50.4 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/2750Tadeusz ZielińskiPOL8:49.8 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2122Esau AdenjiCMR9:34.4 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/2188Yohannes MohamedETH8:52.6 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/2685Sverre SørnesNOR8:54.8 (11 h4)
12 h1 r1/2156Wigmar PedersenDEN9:03.0 (12 h1)
12 h3 r1/2421Robert HackmanGHA8:57.6 (12 h3)
12 h4 r1/2198Usaia SotutuFIJ9:12.0 (12 h4)
13 h4 r1/2440Julio QuevedoGUA9:28.4 (13 h4)
AC h2 r1/233Kerry O'BrienAUS– (AC h2)

Round One (1 September 1972 — 16:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1207Tapio KantanenFIN8:24.8QOR
2576Kip KeinoKEN8:27.6Q
3559Takaharu KoyamaJPN8:29.8Q
4776Gheorghe CefanROU8:33.8
5290Andy HoldenGBR8:33.8
6822Toni FeldmannSUI8:35.8
71009Steve SavageUSA8:39.0
8235Gérard BuchheitFRA8:41.2
9858Filbert BayiTAN8:41.4
10912Vitus AshabaUGA8:45.0
11750Tadeusz ZielińskiPOL8:49.8
12156Wigmar PedersenDEN9:03.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1574Ben JipchoKEN8:31.6Q
2200Mikko Ala-LeppilampiFIN8:31.8Q
376Mihail ZhelevBUL8:35.8Q
4381Willi MaierFRG8:37.6
5565Akira TakeuchiJPN8:40.4
6958Sergey SkripkaURS8:41.4
7686Jan VojeNOR8:42.0
8827Hans MenetSUI8:45.4
9484Eddie LeddyIRL8:47.4
10730Kazimierz MarandaPOL8:50.4
11122Esau AdenjiCMR9:34.4
AC33Kerry O'BrienAUSDNF

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1213Pekka PäivärintaFIN8:28.95Q
2930Romualdas BitėURS8:30.2Q
3271Jean-Paul VillainFRA8:30.4Q
4874Josef HorčicTCH8:30.6
5846Anders GärderudSWE8:30.8
6405Willi WagnerFRG8:34.0
764Paul ThysBEL8:35.0
8275John BicourtGBR8:38.8
9974Doug BrownUSA8:41.2
10431Panagiotis NakopoulosGRE8:48.4
11188Yohannes MohamedETH8:52.6
12421Robert HackmanGHA8:57.6

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1572Amos BiwottKEN8:23.73QOR
2729Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:28.2Q
3879Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:33.4Q
4291Steve HollingsGBR8:35.0
5518Franco FavaITA8:35.0
6399Hans-Dieter SchultenFRG8:39.8
73Boualem RahouiALG8:41.0
8427Spyridon KontosorosGRE8:41.0
9824Georges KaiserSUI8:45.4
10997Mike ManleyUSA8:50.4
11685Sverre SørnesNOR8:54.8
12198Usaia SotutuFIJ9:12.0
13440Julio QuevedoGUA9:28.4

Final (7 September 1972 — 16:40)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1576Kip KeinoKEN8:23.64OR
2574Ben JipchoKEN8:24.62
3207Tapio KantanenFIN8:24.66
4729Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:27.92
5879Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:29.06
6572Amos BiwottKEN8:33.48
7930Romualdas BitėURS8:34.64
8213Pekka PäivärintaFIN8:37.17
9559Takaharu KoyamaJPN8:37.66
10200Mikko Ala-LeppilampiFIN8:41.03
11271Jean-Paul VillainFRA8:46.72
1276Mihail ZhelevBUL9:02.59

Splits

1000m2:54.4Jean-Paul Villain
2000m5:44.7Bronisław Malinowski