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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date29 July – 2 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants35 from 22 countries

By now, it was established that a Kenyan would win and the favorite was Moses Kiptanui. He had won the World Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995, and in August 1995, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, he had become the first man to run the steeplechase in under eight minutes. In the final he took the lead on the first lap and would lead for most of the race. At the halfway point, the three Kenyans, Kiptanui, Joseph Keter, and Matthew Birir went clear and ran a team race throughout. At 2,000 metres they were joined by Italy’s Alessandro Lambruschini. On the final lap, Lambruschini could not keep up when Keter and Kiptanui powered ahead, Kiptanui leading to the last water jump. On the final straight, Keter ran down Kip to win the gold medal, with a stunning last lap of 59.4. Lambruschini won the bronze medal after two fourth-place Olympic finishes, Birir having struggled to maintain the pace on the last lap.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
11799Joseph KeterKEN8:30.23 (1 h1)8:18.90 (1 h2)8:07.12 (1)Gold
21803Moses KiptanuiKEN8:30.87 (2 h3)8:18.91 (2 h2)8:08.33 (2)Silver
31711Alessandro LambruschiniITA8:31.69 (4 h1)8:27.32 (3 h1)8:11.28 (3)Bronze
41788Matthew BirirKEN8:27.09 (2 h2)8:27.16 (2 h1)8:17.18 (4)
52345Mark CroghanUSA8:27.91 (3 h2)8:21.01 (6 h2)8:17.84 (5)
61533Steffen BrandGER8:31.18 (4 h3)8:19.11 (3 h2)8:18.52 (6)
71901Brahim BoulamiMAR8:30.97 (3 h3)8:20.43 (5 h2)8:23.13 (7)
82012Jim SvenøyNOR8:31.30 (7 h3)8:19.79 (4 h2)8:23.39 (8)
91697Angelo CarosiITA8:30.83 (1 h3)8:21.86 (7 h2)8:29.67 (9)
101577Martin StregeGER8:32.76 (6 h1)8:27.99 (5 h1)8:30.31 (10)
111900Hicham BouaouicheMAR8:31.97 (5 h1)8:27.76 (4 h1)8:46.22 (11)
122347Marc DavisUSA8:31.25 (5 h3)8:26.76 (1 h1)9:51.96 (12)
6 h1 r2/32104Florin IonescuROU8:31.34 (3 h1)8:28.77 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/31194Joël BourgeoisCAN8:28.14 (4 h2)8:31.45 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/31912Abdel Aziz SahèreMAR8:26.79 (1 h2)8:33.90 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31063Chris UnthankAUS8:31.86 (8 h3)8:25.59 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/32133Vladimir GolyasRUS8:35.50 (9 h3)8:36.85 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/31476Justin ChastonGBR8:28.32 (5 h2)8:28.50 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/32450Godfrey SiamusiyeZAM8:30.56 (2 h1)8:37.41 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/32155Vladimir ProninRUS8:29.49 (6 h2)8:34.79 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/31479Keith CullenGBR8:31.26 (6 h3)8:46.74 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/32094Jamal Abdi HassanQAT8:36.99 (7 h1)8:36.40 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/31528Kim BauermeisterGER8:36.86 (8 h2)8:51.83 (12 h1)
12 h2 r2/31426Nadir BoschFRA8:31.65 (7 h2)8:47.31 (12 h2)
8 h1 r1/32069Eduardo HenriquesPOR8:38.58 (8 h1)
9 h1 r1/31339Elisardo de la TorreESP8:42.75 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/32326Ricardo VeraURU8:40.78 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/31482Spencer DuvalGBR8:46.76 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/32423Néstor NievesVEN8:47.34 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/32115Shadrack MogotsiRSA8:46.24 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/32351Robert GaryUSA8:49.68 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/32059Vítor AlmeidaPOR8:48.16 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/31852Ibrahim Al-Asiri YahyaKSA8:46.37 (11 h3)
12 h2 r1/31168Clodoaldo LopesBRA8:51.78 (12 h2)
AC h1 r1/32471Primo HigaSOL– (AC h1)

Round One (29 July 1996)

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

Heat One (19:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Joseph KeterKEN8:30.23Q
24Godfrey SiamusiyeZAM8:30.56Q
32Florin IonescuROU8:31.34Q
49Alessandro LambruschiniITA8:31.69Q
51Hicham BouaouicheMAR8:31.97Q
63Martin StregeGER8:32.76Q
77Jamal Abdi HassanQAT8:36.99q
811Eduardo HenriquesPOR8:38.58
96Elisardo de la TorreESP8:42.75
1012Spencer DuvalGBR8:46.76
1110Robert GaryUSA8:49.68
AC5Primo HigaSOLDNF

Heat Two (20:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Abdel Aziz SahèreMAR8:26.79Q
211Matthew BirirKEN8:27.09Q
36Mark CroghanUSA8:27.91Q
44Joël BourgeoisCAN8:28.14Q
512Justin ChastonGBR8:28.32Q
63Vladimir ProninRUS8:29.49Q
79Nadir BoschFRA8:31.65q
87Kim BauermeisterGER8:36.86q
92Ricardo VeraURU8:40.78
1010Néstor NievesVEN8:47.34
115Vítor AlmeidaPOR8:48.16
128Clodoaldo LopesBRA8:51.78

Heat Three (20:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Angelo CarosiITA8:30.83Q
211Moses KiptanuiKEN8:30.87Q
34Brahim BoulamiMAR8:30.97Q
410Steffen BrandGER8:31.18Q
58Marc DavisUSA8:31.25Q
67Keith CullenGBR8:31.26Q
71Jim SvenøyNOR8:31.30q
85Chris UnthankAUS8:31.86q
92Vladimir GolyasRUS8:35.50q
109Shadrack MogotsiRSA8:46.24
116Ibrahim Al-Asiri YahyaKSA8:46.37

Semi-Finals (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (20:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Marc DavisUSA8:26.76Q
25Matthew BirirKEN8:27.16Q
34Alessandro LambruschiniITA8:27.32Q
410Hicham BouaouicheMAR8:27.76Q
51Martin StregeGER8:27.99Q
67Florin IonescuROU8:28.77
72Joël BourgeoisCAN8:31.45
86Abdel Aziz SahèreMAR8:33.90
912Vladimir GolyasRUS8:36.85
108Godfrey SiamusiyeZAM8:37.41
1111Keith CullenGBR8:46.74
129Kim BauermeisterGER8:51.83

Heat Two (20:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Joseph KeterKEN8:18.90Q
25Moses KiptanuiKEN8:18.91Q
36Steffen BrandGER8:19.11Q
411Jim SvenøyNOR8:19.79Q
53Brahim BoulamiMAR8:20.43Q
67Mark CroghanUSA8:21.01q
78Angelo CarosiITA8:21.86q
89Chris UnthankAUS8:25.59
910Justin ChastonGBR8:28.50
102Vladimir ProninRUS8:34.79
1112Jamal Abdi HassanQAT8:36.40
121Nadir BoschFRA8:47.31

Final (2 August 1996 — 21:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
19Joseph KeterKEN8:07.12
210Moses KiptanuiKEN8:08.33
311Alessandro LambruschiniITA8:11.28
42Matthew BirirKEN8:17.18
56Mark CroghanUSA8:17.84
64Steffen BrandGER8:18.52
71Brahim BoulamiMAR8:23.13
83Jim SvenøyNOR8:23.39
97Angelo CarosiITA8:29.67
1012Martin StregeGER8:30.31
115Hicham BouaouicheMAR8:46.22
128Marc DavisUSA9:51.96