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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date21 – 24 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants39 from 25 countries

The 2002 Commonwealth Games champion was Kenya’s Stephen Cherono, while the 2003 World Championships had been won by Qatar’s Saïd Saaeed Shaheen. But they were the same person, as Cherono had taken residence in Qatar to compete for that nation, likely being well remunerated for that move. Shaheen was favored with Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi, runner-up at the 2003 Worlds. The Olympic Charter states that an athlete must wait three years after changing nationality, but that can be waived with permission of the emigré’s nation. It was not in this case, as the Kenyan Olympic Committee refused to allow Shaheen permission to compete that Olympics, and he did not run in Athina. In the final, Kemboi took his Kenyan teammates into the lead on the first lap and they ran the typical Kenyan team tactics in the steeplechase, supporting each other throughout, and running a pace that could not be matched by most runners. Only Qatar’s Musa Amer, formerly Kenya’s Moses Kipkirui, could stay in contact. At the bell these four were joined by Spain’s Luis Miguel Martín, but he was dropped quickly as the pace quickened. Kemboi pulled ahead over the water jump and won the gold medal, as the Kenyans swept the medals for the second time at the Olympics (also 1992).

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
122338Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:18.20 (2 h1)8:05.81 (1)Gold
22343Brimin KiprutoKEN8:15.11 (1 h2)8:06.11 (2)Silver
32345Paul Kipsiele KoechKEN8:24.68 (3 h3)8:06.64 (3)Bronze
42768Musa AmerQAT8:23.94 (1 h3)8:07.18 (4)
51599Luis Miguel MartínESP8:16.90 (3 h2)8:11.64 (5)
62582Simon VroemenNED8:15.28 (2 h2)8:13.25 (6)
71772Bob TahriFRA8:18.98 (3 h1)8:14.26 (7)
82472Ali EzzineMAR8:20.18 (5 h1)8:15.58 (8)
91598Eliseo MartínESP8:21.88 (6 h1)8:15.77 (9)
101753Vincent Le DauphinFRA8:20.13 (5 h2)8:16.15 (10)
113300Daniel LincolnUSA8:19.62 (4 h1)8:16.86 (11)
122689Radosław PopławskiPOL8:22.16 (7 h1)8:17.32 (12)
133077Mustafa MohamedSWE8:19.37 (4 h2)8:18.05 (13)
141595Antonio JiménezESP8:24.13 (2 h3)8:22.63 (14)
152772Khamis Abdullah SeifeddineQAT8:17.89 (1 h1)8:36.66 (15)
4 h3 r1/22484Zouhair El-OuardiMAR8:27.55 (4 h3)
5 h3 r1/21796Justin ChastonGBR8:28.35 (5 h3)
6 h2 r1/22715Jan ZakrzewskiPOL8:23.72 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/22270Yoshitaka IwamizuJPN8:29.07 (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/22950Roman UsovRUS8:24.19 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/21082Peter NowillAUS8:29.14 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/21106Martin PröllAUT8:26.01 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/23197Vadym SlobodeniukUKR8:24.84 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/23258Anthony FamigliettiUSA8:31.59 (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/22502Ion LuchianovMDA8:26.17 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/22467Abdelatif ChemlalMAR8:29.36 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/22760Alex GreauxPUR8:33.62 (9 h3)
10 h1 r1/23008Boštjan BučSLO8:37.29 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/21671Tewodros ShiferawETH8:33.15 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/22625Jim SvenøyNOR8:33.97 (10 h3)
11 h1 r1/22926Pavel PotapovichRUS8:52.65 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/21019Abdelhakim MaazouzALG8:36.12 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/22748Manuel SilvaPOR8:38.31 (11 h3)
12 h2 r1/23262Robert GaryUSA8:38.01 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/21676Luleseged WaleETH8:50.73 (12 h3)
13 h2 r1/22835Ruben RamolefiRSA8:46.17 (13 h2)
13 h3 r1/22666Jakub CzajaPOL8:56.24 (13 h3)
14 h2 r1/22411Bashar OmarKUW8:48.65 (14 h2)
AC h1 r1/22191Giuseppe MaffeiITA– (AC h1)
DNS1857Roberto Caracciolo MandjeGEQ– (DNS h1)
DNS3141Lotfi TurkiTUN– (DNS h1)

Round One (21 August 2004)

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

Heat One (22:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Khamis Abdullah SeifeddineQAT8:17.89Q
29Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:18.20Q
312Bob TahriFRA8:18.98Q
45Daniel LincolnUSA8:19.62q
54Ali EzzineMAR8:20.18q
611Eliseo MartínESP8:21.88q
713Radosław PopławskiPOL8:22.16q
88Martin PröllAUT8:26.01
91Ion LuchianovMDA8:26.17
1014Boštjan BučSLO8:37.29
112Pavel PotapovichRUS8:52.65
AC6Giuseppe MaffeiITADNF
DNS7Roberto Caracciolo MandjeGEQ
DNS3Lotfi TurkiTUN

Splits

1000m2:46.88Eliseo Martín
2000m5:37.04Daniel Lincoln

Heat Two (22:18)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Brimin KiprutoKEN8:15.11Q
210Simon VroemenNED8:15.28Q
35Luis Miguel MartínESP8:16.90Q
47Mustafa MohamedSWE8:19.37q
58Vincent Le DauphinFRA8:20.13q
69Jan ZakrzewskiPOL8:23.72
713Roman UsovRUS8:24.19
811Vadym SlobodeniukUKR8:24.84
93Abdelatif ChemlalMAR8:29.36
104Tewodros ShiferawETH8:33.15
116Abdelhakim MaazouzALG8:36.12
1214Robert GaryUSA8:38.01
131Ruben RamolefiRSA8:46.17
1412Bashar OmarKUW8:48.65

Splits

1000m2:42.83Luis Miguel Martín
2000m5:31.22Luis Miguel Martín

Heat Three (22:31)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Musa AmerQAT8:23.94Q
213Antonio JiménezESP8:24.13Q
36Paul Kipsiele KoechKEN8:24.68Q
43Zouhair El-OuardiMAR8:27.55
512Justin ChastonGBR8:28.35
67Yoshitaka IwamizuJPN8:29.07
711Peter NowillAUS8:29.14
810Anthony FamigliettiUSA8:31.59
91Alex GreauxPUR8:33.62
104Jim SvenøyNOR8:33.97
115Manuel SilvaPOR8:38.31
122Luleseged WaleETH8:50.73
139Jakub CzajaPOL8:56.24

Splits

1000m2:48.73Paul Kipsiele Koech
2000m5:40.22Paul Kipsiele Koech

Final (24 August 2004 — 21:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Ezekiel KemboiKEN8:05.81
210Brimin KiprutoKEN8:06.11
39Paul Kipsiele KoechKEN8:06.64
42Musa AmerQAT8:07.18
51Luis Miguel MartínESP8:11.64
63Simon VroemenNED8:13.25
74Bob TahriFRA8:14.26
85Ali EzzineMAR8:15.58
96Eliseo MartínESP8:15.77
1011Vincent Le DauphinFRA8:16.15
1114Daniel LincolnUSA8:16.86
1213Radosław PopławskiPOL8:17.32
1315Mustafa MohamedSWE8:18.05
148Antonio JiménezESP8:22.63
1512Khamis Abdullah SeifeddineQAT8:36.66

Splits

1000m2:42.55Ezekiel Kemboi
2000m5:24.27Paul Kipsiele Koech