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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 3000m Steeplechase

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 3 & 6 fastest to final) (Aug 7)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Defending champion Shaheen was the fastest in the heats, edging Kemboi 8:11.79 to 8:11.90 in the first race. The other heats were won by Koech (8:16.42) and Boulami (8:19.54). The final was held in pouring rain, and the runners seemed blunted by the conditions. Blanco led the pack through 1000m in 2:52.13, and the pace improved only slightly in the second kilometre, with Boulami leading the field (5:40.39). Shaheen took over with 600m to go, and covered the penultimate circuit in 61 seconds, with only Kemboi and Boulami in touch at the bell. Shaheen increased the pace in the last lap, finishing with a 57.8 including the interior water-jump. Kipruto just edged the fading Boulami for the bronze medal, leaving three Kenyan-born athletes as the medallists. Six of the finalists were of Kenyan origin, and Shaheen won his 22nd consecutive steeplechase at 2000m or 3000m (a streak he extended to 28 [26 finals] by the end of 2006).
 The Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held on August 7 and August 9 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. The first three of each heat (Q) plus the six fastest times (q) qualified for the final.
 
  3000m Steeplechase 9 August
  Final

Event Report - Men 3000m Steeplechase Final

Shaheen takes Revenge

Defending champion from Qatar Saif Saaeed Shaheen successfully held on to the title he had taken two years ago as a new passport holder of the Gulf state. It could be said to be some measure of revenge for being excluded from the Olympics by the Kenyan federation who insisted he serve the full three years’ Games suspension before being allowed to run for his adoptive country.

As if to cement his authority Shaheen went at the last water jump and immediately put clear daylight between himself and the Olympic champion from Kenya, Ezekiel Kemboi, who was visibly grimacing as he dug in in a vain attempt to prevent the inevitable. A glance behind as he sped over the last obstacle and Shaheen could start the celebrations before crossing the line. As far as he was concerned he had vindicated himself. But missing last year still rankles and instead of changing discipline he has decided to carry on to Beijing to claim the title that he sees as rightfully his. “This is just a little consolation for me after missing Athens last year,” he said. No doubt the fact that two years ago he had also beaten Kemboi made victory that little bit sweeter.

With three Kenyans in the field, two ex-Kenyans from Qatar and a talented 16-year old Kenyan, world youth champion Tareq Mubarak Taher, now representing Bahrain, a fascinating tussle was guaranteed. All season the only outsider to challenge the East Africans was Morroccan Brahim Boulami and he it was who took up the challenge when the racing got serious.

The first kilometre passed in an uneventful 2:52.13 with one of the three Spaniards in the field, Jose Luis Blanco, pulling the field around. Shaheen was at the back of the pack together with fellow-Qatari Obaid Musa Amer, fourth at last year’s Olympics. The Kenyans were idling in mid-pack but it was just a question when the break would come and who would make it.

There was a time when Kenyans just went out and ground the rest of the field into the track. But it is not that easy anymore. With so much quality around, this is the time for tactics.

Boulami was the first to inject some bite with three and three quarter laps left, Kemboiand Shaheen gliding through in his slipstream. Three to go and it was down to the Kenyan and Qatari squads with Boulami winding it up in front. After a slightly faster second kilometre (2:48.26) it was clear the final 1000m was building up into a devil-take-the-hindmost scrap. Suddenly out of the chasers European co-record holder from Holland Simon Vroeman sprinted into contention. After a moderate season and at 36 years of age he had peaked well and looked strong in the heats to qualify for this final.

With 600m to go Shaheen threw down the gauntlet in no uncertain fashion. If anyone wanted to beat him they were going to have to take it from him. The bell served to galvanise him even more as he relentlessly wound up for the killer sprint. In his wake Kemboi was stretched but still in touch, Boulami trailing but in a medal position with Vroeman keeping the remaining Kenyans, Olympic silver Brimin Kipruto and bronze Paul Kipsiele Koech, at bay.

At the sharp end gold and silver were spoken for, but there was still a bronze to be claimed. From a seemingly impossible position, Kipruto made a sustained bid to do the impossible. Summoning up one last effort he sped past Vroeman and set his sights on Boulami’s vest. Still five metres down at the last obstacle he made one last effort, passed a spent Boulami and bronze was his. Up front Shaheen had covered the final kilometre in a breathtaking 2:32.92.

1 Saif Saeed Shaheen QAT 15 Oct 82 8.13.31
2 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 25 May 82 8.14.95
3 Brimin Kipruto KEN 31 Jul 85 8.15.30
4 Brahim Boulami MAR 20 Apr 72 8.15.32
5 Simon Vroemen NED 11 May 69 8.16.76
6 Antonio Dávid Jiménez ESP 18 Feb 77 8.17.69
7 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 10 Nov 81 8.19.14
8 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 20 Dec 78 8.19.96
9 Moussa Omar Obaid QAT 18 Apr 85 8.20.22
10 Mustafa Mohamed SWE 1 Mar 79 8.20.26
11 Luís Miguel Martín ESP 11 Jan 72 8.22.13
12 Günther Weidlinger AUT 5 Apr 78 8.22.84
13 Daniel Lincoln USA 22 Oct 80 8.23.89
14 José Luis Blanco ESP 3 Jun 75 8.24.62
15 Tareq Mubarak Taher BRN 24 Mar 84 8.37.62
  Heats 7 August

Event Report - Men 3000m Steeplechase Heats

KENYAN QATARI SHOWCASE

The season has been a Kenyan-Qatari showcase with only Morraccan Brahim Boulami intruding at the sharp end of the lists. There was no change in the heats at lunchtime as all the favourites qualified with ease.

In the first heat, Spanish record holder Luis Miguel Martin was responsible for the fast early pace with Kenyan Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi and former Kenyan Saif Saaeed Shaheen QAT, lurking at the rear of the field. But it was Slovenian Bostjan Buc who took the field through the first kilometre in a nippy 2min 41.84sec before ceding the lead to the Spaniard once again.The pace slowed dramatically for the second kilometre in 2:50.05 with Shaheen and Kemboi happy to work their way steadily through the back markers before with two to go the Qatari made a decisive move to whittle the numbers down to the requisite three qualifiers.

With the injection of pace, Simon Vroeman NED, Gunter Weidlinger AUT and Martin were fighting over the final qualifying slot with the Dutch European record co-holder putting sufficient distance between himself and his pursuers in the final lap.

It was just a question of whether Shaheen and Kemboi would waste energy with a dust-up in the final 100m but they chose to coast home, Shaheen breaking the beam first in 8:11.79 (final kilometre 2:39.90), the fastest of the day, with Vroeman safely into the final on a season’s best, Weidlinger and Martin filling finalist slots. The final qualifier on time from this heat was Sweden’s Mustafa Mohamed.

The early pace in the second heat was also taken by a Spaniard, Antonio Jimenez (2:45.72), the reigning European champion, before American Anthony Famiglietti took over through the second in 5:31.30 (2:45.58). Olympic Bronze Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN took over at the bell from Obaid Musa Amer QAT (Moses Kipchirchir – fourth in the Olympics) with France’s Bob Tahri on his shoulder and a detached Jimenez determined to pounce in fourth.

Entering the straight, Koech (8:16.42) and Amer went comfortably clear while Jimenez summoned up a final surge to claim the third qualifying spot. The heat featured a 16-year-old from Brunei via Kenya, Tareq Mubarak Taher (formerly Daniel Sang of Kenya). This year’s world youth champion over the 2000m distance, he squeezed through to the final as the 12th and last qualifier with 8:21.68.

American champion Daniel Lincoln took the third heat out for a 2:44.51 first kilometre before Mediterranean Games winner Boulami took over followed by Olympic silver Brimin Kipruto through the second in 5:35.85 (2:51.34). Boulami continued to press the pace to the finish in 8:19.54 (2:43.69) with Kipruto and Jose Luis Blanco surging past Lincoln in the straight, the Spaniard clocking a season’s best 8:21.04. After his early efforts Lincoln was rewarded with a qualifying slot in the final.
  Heat 1
1 Saif Saeed Shaheen QAT 15 Oct 82 8.11.79 Q
2 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 25 May 82 8.11.90 Q
3 Simon Vroemen NED 11 May 69 8.13.08 Q
4 Günther Weidlinger AUT 5 Apr 78 8.15.91 q
5 Luís Miguel Martín ESP 11 Jan 72 8.17.47 q
6 Mustafa Mohamed SWE 1 Mar 79 8.18.18 q
7 Gaël Pencréach FRA 5 Aug 77 8.23.96
8 Radosław Popławski POL 16 Jan 83 8.29.85
9 Ivan Lukyanov MDA 31 Jan 81 8.32.09
10 Steve Slattery USA 14 Aug 80 8.36.01
11 Alex Greaux PUR 22 Sep 77 8.39.91
12 Boštjan Buč SLO 13 Apr 80 8.40.81
13 Pieter Desmet BEL 7 Jun 83 8.48.05
  Heat 2
1 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 10 Nov 81 8.16.42 Q
2 Moussa Omar Obaid QAT 18 Apr 85 8.16.53 Q
3 Antonio Dávid Jiménez ESP 18 Feb 77 8.16.72 Q
4 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA 20 Dec 78 8.18.31 q
5 Tareq Mubarak Taher BRN 24 Mar 84 8.21.68 q
6 Anthony Famiglietti USA 8 Nov 78 8.21.84
7 Jukka Keskisalo FIN 27 Mar 81 8.25.14
8 Tewodros Shiferaw ETH 21 Sep 80 8.27.06
9 Hamid Ezzine MAR 5 Oct 83 8.27.07
10 Yoshitaka Iwamizu JPN 20 Jun 79 8.28.73
11 Peter Nowill AUS 15 Jun 79 8.35.35
12 Andrey Olshanskiy RUS 22 Jan 78 8.54.04
Jakub Czaja POL 12 Sep 80 DNF
  Heat 3
1 Brahim Boulami MAR 20 Apr 72 8.19.54 Q
2 Brimin Kipruto KEN 31 Jul 85 8.19.90 Q
3 José Luis Blanco ESP 3 Jun 75 8.21.04 Q
4 Daniel Lincoln USA 22 Oct 80 8.21.39 q
5 Halil Akkaş TUR 1 Jul 83 8.26.35
6 Ruben Ramolefi RSA 17 Jul 78 8.28.12
7 Krijn Van Koolwyk BEL 30 Aug 81 8.28.92
8 Vincent Le Dauphin FRA 28 Jun 76 8.30.42
9 Moustafa Ahmed Shebto QAT 4 Jul 86 8.33.00
10 Martin Pröll AUT 21 Mar 81 8.33.70
11 Vadym Slobodenyuk UKR 17 Mar 81 8.35.73
12 Roman Usov RUS 4 Jun 78 8.36.30
13 Andrew Lemoncello GBR 12 Oct 82 8.40.29
14 Matt Kerr CAN 3 May 76 8.41.20

Heat 1 07 AUG 2005 13:50

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 1029 Steve Slattery USA USA 8:17.87 8:17.87
2 769 Saif Saaeed Shaheen QAT QAT 7:53.63 7:56.34
3 740 Radoslaw Poplawski POL POL 8:17.32 8:17.87
4 557 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN KEN 8:02.49 8:09.14
5 887 Mustafa Mohamed SWE SWE 8:15.51 8:15.51
6 849 Boštjan Buč SLO SLO 8:16.96 8:22.91
7 40 Günther Weidlinger AUT AUT 8:10.83 8:12.26
8 757 Alexander Greaux PUR PUR 8:27.91 8:38.26
9 636 Ivan Lukyanov MDA MDA 8:26.17 8:34.6
10 236 Luis Miguel Martín ESP ESP 8:07.44 8:21.61
11 57 Pieter Desmet BEL BEL 8:20.31 8:20.31
12 331 Gaël Pencreach FRA FRA 8:13.16 8:18.18
13 675 Simon Vroemen NED NED 8:06.91 8:15.85

Heat 2 07 AUG 2005 14:04

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 335 Bouabdellah Tahri FRA FRA 8:06.91 8:09.58
2 562 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN KEN 7:56.37 7:56.37
3 273 Tewodros Shifer ETH ETH 8:22.22  
4 718 Jakub Czaja POL POL 8:17.49 8:17.49
5 762 Musa Amer Obaid QAT QAT 8:07.18 8:11.75
6 982 Anthony Famiglietti USA USA 8:17.91 8:20.04
7 234 Antonio David Jiménez ESP ESP 8:11.52 8:14.05
8 521 Yoshitaka Iwamizu JPN JPN 8:18.93 8:22.54
9 819 Andrey Olshanskiy RUS RUS 8:19.68 8:19.68
10 33 Peter Nowill AUS AUS 8:22.85 8:23.93
11 289 Jukka Keskisalo FIN FIN 8:17.72 8:31.77
12 115 Tareq Mubarak Taher BRN BRN 8:16.26 8:16.26
13 627 Hamid Ezzine MAR MAR 8:21.38 8:21.38

Heat 3 07 AUG 2005 14:18

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 792 Ruben Ramolefi RSA RSA 8:20.40 8:20.40
2 359 Andrew Lemoncello GBR GBR 8:30.12 8:30.12
3 330 Vincent Le Dauphin FRA FRA 8:15.76 8:17.32
4 65 Krijn van Koolwijk BEL BEL 8:17.11 8:17.11
5 220 José Luis Blanco ESP ESP 8:13.86 8:21.06
6 835 Roman Usov RUS RUS 8:22.29i 8:26.96
7 1004 Daniel Lincoln USA USA 8:12.65 8:12.65
8 136 Matthew Kerr CAN CAN 8:20.14 8:20.14
9 770 Moustafa Ahmed Shebto QAT QAT 8:18.52 8:37.02
10 561 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN KEN 8:04.22 8:04.22
11 622 Brahim Boulami MAR MAR 7:55.28 8:04.92
12 929 Halil Akkas TUR TUR 8:22.00 8:22.00
13 38 Martin Pröll AUT AUT 8:13.74 8:13.74
14 948 Vadym Slobodenyuk UKR UKR 8:19.50i 8:19.50i

 

 

 

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