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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date25 – 28 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants24 from 16 countries

The two favorites were Sweden’s Anders Gärderud and Poland’s Bronisław Malinowski. Malinowski had won the 1974 European Championships while Gärderud twice set world records in 1975. The Kenyans were absent because of the African boycott, which deprived the event of Ben Jipcho, who had won the 1974 Commonwealth Games. The final is considered the greatest ever steeplechase at a major meet. Malinowski took the lead on the fourth lap, trying to break Gärderud’s vaunted sprint. Only Gärderud, Frank Baumgartl (GDR), and Tapio Kantanen (FIN) could maintain that pace. Kantanen fell off on the penultimate lap. Coming down the final straight Gärderud had pulled ahead, but Baumgartl was closing very quickly and looked placed to pull ahead. But he hit the final barrier and fell to the track. Malinowski was in third and had to hurdle not only the final barrier but also Baumgartl, lying on the track. Gärderud opened up to win in world record time (8:08.02). Baumgartl recovered to get the bronze medal behind Malinowski.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1812Anders GärderudSWE8:21.43 (3 h1)8:08.02 (1)GoldWR
2724Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:18.56 (1 h1)8:09.11 (2)Silver
3384Frank BaumgartlGDR8:21.25 (2 h1)8:10.36 (3)Bronze
4281Tapio KantanenFIN8:20.82 (2 h2)8:12.60 (4)
5424Michael KarstFRG8:25.02 (4 h2)8:20.14 (5)
6692Euan RobertsonNZL8:26.31 (5 h2)8:21.08 (6)
7814Dan GlansSWE8:23.73 (3 h2)8:21.53 (7)
8243Antonio CamposESP8:24.53 (4 h1)8:22.65 (8)
9358Dennis CoatesGBR8:18.95 (1 h2)8:22.99 (9)
10941Henry MarshUSA8:31.46 (6 h1)8:23.99 (10)
11379Tony StayningsGBR8:29.21 (6 h2)8:33.66 (11)
12298Ismo ToukonenFIN8:27.96 (5 h1)8:42.74 (12)
7 h1 r1/2344Jean-Paul VillainFRA8:35.03 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2102Paul ThysBEL8:31.55 (7 h2)
8 h1 r1/2353John BicourtGBR8:35.71 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2913Doug BrownUSA8:33.25 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/2431Willi MaierFRG8:44.82 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2581Takaharu KoyamaJPN8:37.28 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/259Peter LarkinsAUS8:46.89 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2955Mike RocheUSA8:37.36 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/2526Ágúst ÁsgeirssonISL8:53.95 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2828Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:41.95 (11 h2)
12 h2 r1/2776Gheorghe CefanROU8:57.22 (12 h2)
AC h1 r1/2417Gerd FrähmckeFRG– (AC h1)
DNS114José João da SilvaBRA– (DNS h1)

Round One (25 July 1976 — 16:05)

Top six in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1724Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:18.56QOR
2384Frank BaumgartlGDR8:21.25Q
3812Anders GärderudSWE8:21.43Q
4243Antonio CamposESP8:24.53Q
5298Ismo ToukonenFIN8:27.96Q
6941Henry MarshUSA8:31.46Q
7344Jean-Paul VillainFRA8:35.03
8353John BicourtGBR8:35.71
9431Willi MaierFRG8:44.82
1059Peter LarkinsAUS8:46.89
11526Ágúst ÁsgeirssonISL8:53.95
AC417Gerd FrähmckeFRGDNF
DNS114José João da SilvaBRA

Splits

1000m2:46.04
2000m5:34.20

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1358Dennis CoatesGBR8:18.95Q
2281Tapio KantanenFIN8:20.82Q
3814Dan GlansSWE8:23.73Q
4424Michael KarstFRG8:25.02Q
5692Euan RobertsonNZL8:26.31Q
6379Tony StayningsGBR8:29.21Q
7102Paul ThysBEL8:31.55
8913Doug BrownUSA8:33.25
9581Takaharu KoyamaJPN8:37.28
10955Mike RocheUSA8:37.36
11828Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:41.95
12776Gheorghe CefanROU8:57.22

Splits

1000m2:44.73
2000m5:34.42

Final (28 July 1976 — 18:25)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1812Anders GärderudSWE8:08.02WR
2724Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:09.11
3384Frank BaumgartlGDR8:10.36
4281Tapio KantanenFIN8:12.60
5424Michael KarstFRG8:20.14
6692Euan RobertsonNZL8:21.08
7814Dan GlansSWE8:21.53
8243Antonio CamposESP8:22.65
9358Dennis CoatesGBR8:22.99
10941Henry MarshUSA8:23.99
11379Tony StayningsGBR8:33.66
12298Ismo ToukonenFIN8:42.74

Splits

1000m2:43.57
2000m5:29.07