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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date26 – 31 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants31 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 8:08.02 WR / Anders Gärderud SWE / 28 July 1976

In 1978 Henry Rono (KEN) had a superb summer in which he broke world records for the steeplechase, 5K,10K, and 3,000 metres, and won the Commonwealth Games steeplechase gold medal. He would have been heavily favored but was injured in the Olympic year. The silver medalist from 1976, Poland’s Bronisław Malinowski, was back and had won the 1974 and 1978 European Championships and was likely the favorite. But he had been beaten in July by Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi who had moved up to this event from the 1,500/mile. Bayi, a noted front runner, took the lead from the start and was on world record pace thru two kilometres. He had a 30-metre lead on Malinowski by then, but the Pole slowly closed the gap, coming to five metres back at the bell. Malinowski took the lead over the water jump on the final lap and won quite easily, Bayi hanging on for the silver medal. This was the last time the steeplechase was not won by a Kenyan, thru at least 2016..

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1539Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:29.8 (1 h2)8:21.2 (1 h2)8:09.7 (1)Gold
2642Filbert BayiTAN8:21.4 (1 h1)8:16.2 (1 h1)8:12.5 (2)Silver
3187Eshetu TuraETH8:23.8 (2 h1)8:16.2 (2 h1)8:13.6 (3)Bronze
4161Domingo RamónESP8:31.9 (1 h3)8:22.0 (2 h2)8:15.8 (4)
5163Francisco SánchezESP8:27.5 (5 h1)8:19.0 (4 h1)8:18.0 (5)
6427Giuseppe GerbiITA8:37.1 (6 h3)8:27.2 (5 h2)8:18.5 (6)
7540Bogusław MamińskiPOL8:24.0 (3 h1)8:18.8 (3 h1)8:19.5 (7)
8697Anatoly DimovURS8:33.2 (2 h3)8:24.9 (5 h1)8:19.8 (8)
9565Vasile BicheaROU8:35.4 (3 h3)8:24.3 (3 h2)8:23.9 (9)
10662Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:33.4 (2 h2)8:28.0 (6 h2)8:29.1 (10)
113Lahcen BabaciALG8:38.7 (7 h3)8:25.5 (6 h1)8:31.8 (11)
12196Tommy EkblomFIN8:27.8 (6 h1)8:24.3 (4 h2)8:40.9 (12)
7 h1 r2/3439Roberto VolpiITA8:35.6 (5 h2)8:29.7 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3264Roger HackneyGBR8:36.4 (5 h3)8:29.2 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3280Colin ReitzGBR8:35.3 (4 h2)8:29.8 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3189Hailu Wolde-TsadikETH8:41.0 (8 h3)8:35.0 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/3554Krzysztof WesołowskiPOL8:35.6 (4 h3)8:33.1 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3744Aleksandr VorobeyURS8:42.6 (7 h1)8:44.3 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/3206Vesa LaukkanenFIN8:38.4 (6 h2)8:33.3 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/327Wolfgang KonradAUT8:25.0 (4 h1)8:51.6 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/3566Paul CopuROU8:45.6 (7 h2)8:45.0 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/3286Tony StayningsGBR8:47.5 (8 h1)8:52.3 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/393Stanimir NenovBUL8:43.8 (9 h3)8:50.2 (12 h1)
AC h2 r2/3721Sergey OlizarenkoURS8:34.2 (3 h2)– (AC h2)
8 h2 r1/3188Girma Wolde-HanaETH8:54.6 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3572Nicolae VoicuROU8:49.0 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3322Ralf PönitzschGDR8:56.5 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/3621Anders CarlsonSWE9:01.8 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/3636Abdul Karim JoumaaSYR9:29.4 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/3587Albert MarieSEY9:19.7 (10 h3)
AC h2 r1/3561José SenaPOR– (AC h2)
DNS203Tapio KantanenFIN– (DNS h3)

Round One (26 July 1980 — 18:20)

Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1642Filbert BayiTAN8:21.48:21.38Q
2187Eshetu TuraETH8:23.88:23.73Q
3540Bogusław MamińskiPOL8:24.08:23.92Q
427Wolfgang KonradAUT8:25.08:24.92Q
5163Francisco SánchezESP8:27.58:27.50Q
6196Tommy EkblomFIN8:27.88:27.80Q
7744Aleksandr VorobeyURS8:42.68:42.59q
8286Tony StayningsGBR8:47.58:47.42q
9572Nicolae VoicuROU8:49.08:48.97
10621Anders CarlsonSWE9:01.89:01.77

Splits

1000m2:40.7Filbert Bayi
2000m5:28.0Filbert Bayi

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1539Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:29.88:29.80Q
2662Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:33.48:33.31Q
3721Sergey OlizarenkoURS8:34.28:34.20Q
4280Colin ReitzGBR8:35.38:35.21Q
5439Roberto VolpiITA8:35.68:35.53Q
6206Vesa LaukkanenFIN8:38.48:38.33Q
7566Paul CopuROU8:45.68:45.54q
8188Girma Wolde-HanaETH8:54.68:54.60
9322Ralf PönitzschGDR8:56.58:56.45
10636Abdul Karim JoumaaSYR9:29.49:29.38
AC561José SenaPORDNF

Splits

1000m2:47.5José Sena
2000m5:39.4Bronisław Malinowski

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1161Domingo RamónESP8:31.98:31.81Q
2697Anatoly DimovURS8:33.28:33.18Q
3565Vasile BicheaROU8:35.48:35.35Q
4554Krzysztof WesołowskiPOL8:35.68:35.58Q
5264Roger HackneyGBR8:36.48:36.34Q
6427Giuseppe GerbiITA8:37.18:37.03Q
73Lahcen BabaciALG8:38.78:38.68q
8189Hailu Wolde-TsadikETH8:41.08:40.98q
993Stanimir NenovBUL8:43.88:43.77q
10587Albert MarieSEY9:19.79:19.62
DNS203Tapio KantanenFIN

Splits

1000m2:57.3Domingo Ramón
2000m5:44.1Krzysztof Wesołowski

Semi-Finals (28 July 1980 — 20:35)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1642Filbert BayiTAN8:16.28:16.11Q
2187Eshetu TuraETH8:16.28:16.17Q
3540Bogusław MamińskiPOL8:18.88:18.78Q
4163Francisco SánchezESP8:19.08:18.96Q
5697Anatoly DimovURS8:24.98:24.81q
63Lahcen BabaciALG8:25.58:25.47q
7439Roberto VolpiITA8:29.78:29.70
8280Colin ReitzGBR8:29.88:29.75
9554Krzysztof WesołowskiPOL8:33.18:33.02
10206Vesa LaukkanenFIN8:33.38:33.30
11566Paul CopuROU8:45.08:44.91
1293Stanimir NenovBUL8:50.28:50.17

Splits

1000m2:41.6Filbert Bayi
2000m5:26.7Filbert Bayi

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1539Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:21.28:21.15Q
2161Domingo RamónESP8:22.08:21.94Q
3565Vasile BicheaROU8:24.38:24.23Q
4196Tommy EkblomFIN8:24.38:24.29Q
5427Giuseppe GerbiITA8:27.28:27.19q
6662Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:28.08:28.00q
7264Roger HackneyGBR8:29.28:29.18
8189Hailu Wolde-TsadikETH8:35.08:34.94
9744Aleksandr VorobeyURS8:44.38:44.24
1027Wolfgang KonradAUT8:51.68:51.59
11286Tony StayningsGBR8:52.38:52.30
AC721Sergey OlizarenkoURSDNF

Splits

1000m2:47.5Bronisław Malinowski
2000m5:34.4Bronisław Malinowski

Final (31 July 1980 — 19:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1539Bronisław MalinowskiPOL8:09.78:09.70
2642Filbert BayiTAN8:12.58:12.48
3187Eshetu TuraETH8:13.68:13.57
4161Domingo RamónESP8:15.88:15.74
5163Francisco SánchezESP8:18.08:17.93
6427Giuseppe GerbiITA8:18.58:18.47
7540Bogusław MamińskiPOL8:19.58:19.43
8697Anatoly DimovURS8:19.88:19.75
9565Vasile BicheaROU8:23.98:23.86
10662Dušan MoravčíkTCH8:29.18:29.03
113Lahcen BabaciALG8:31.88:31.80
12196Tommy EkblomFIN8:40.98:40.86

Splits

1000m2:38.8Filbert Bayi
2000m5:20.3Filbert Bayi