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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Started: August 6, 1984  
Date Finished: August 10, 1984  
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 25; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Kariuki was the fastest heat winner (8:19.45), while Korir was the quickest semi-finalist with 8:17.40. The final started slowly, and Peter Renner (NZL) became impatient and went to the front, passing the kilometre points in 2:47.4 and 5:32.6. The most exciting moment came when a bizarre-minded fan tried to join the race at the water jump on the second lap. Marsh, the favourite, had worked his way through the field, and at the bell was just behind Korir. With 220m left Korir kicked, and the race was over. Mahmoud moved into second with 70m to go, and Diemer passed the exhausted Marsh in the last few strides.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The 1982 European Champion and 1983 World Champion was Patriz Ilg (FRG) but injuries kept him out of the Olympics. The favorite was Kenyan Julius Korir, who had won the 1982 Commonwealth Games. But he was expected to be challenged by American Henry Marsh, not known for his fast times, but a great racer who usually ran from the back of the pack thru the early laps. On the second lap of the final, a fan leapt from the crowd and tried to start running as the field came to the water jump. He could not keep up and was quickly removed. The pace in the final was slow, set by Peter Renner (NZL) thru the first two kilometers. By the bell lap, Korir led with Marsh on his shoulder. But Korir kicked at 220 metres and pulled away to win the gold medal. Marsh, whose strength had been sapped by a virus in the last few weeks, fell off the pace and out of the medals, finishing fourth.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 8:05.4 Kenya Henry Rono Seattle (USA) May 13, 1978
Olympic Record 8:08.02 Sweden Anders Gärderud Montreal (CAN) July 28, 1976
 
        Results        

During the first lap of the race, a bandit rushed the track, joining the race over the first water jump. He managed to sprint past security over the next barrier and beyond before being tackled. On the second lap, he managed to get free again for a few moments before finally being dragged away.

"They've got all sorts of security at these games, designed to prevent anything from nuclear attack to germ warfare. But the odd idiot is a real problem."

— David Coleman, BBC Commentator

Shortly after the second lap began, Peter Renner assumed the lead, followed by Kenyan Julius duo of Julius Korir and Julius Kariuki. Henry Marsh was typically as much as 20 metres back off the pace. Renner opened up several metres on the Kenyans but with two laps to go, the field began bunching behind Renner with Brian Diemer, Joseph Mahmoud, Colin Reitz and Marsh back in the fold, all getting ready to pounce. Just before the bell, Renner started to fall back. Korir accelerated and Marsh was the first to follow, Diemer was next to catch up, followed by Mahmoud. Through the final turn, Marsh looked like the only one still with any shot at Korir, but he was still losing ground. Marsh was unable to make any headway as Mahmoud passed in on the outside, with Korir taking the final barrier as a hurdler and sprinting to victory. Mahmoud sprinted away to the silver medal while Diemer challenged Marsh on the outside. Diemer got the edge on Marsh with 10 metres to go, with the beaten Marsh just striding the final few steps over the line.

3000 m steeple Men     Final 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.11.80     Julius Korir Kenya KEN 21 Apr 60  
2 8.13.31     Joseph Mahmoud France FRA 13 Dec 55  
3 8.14.06     Brian Diemer United States USA 10 Oct 61  
4 8.14.25     Henry Marsh United States USA 15 Mar 54  
5 8.15.48     Colin Reitz Great Britain GBR 6 Apr 60  
6 8.17.27     Domingo Ramón Spain ESP 10 Mar 58  
7 8.17.47     Julius Kariuki Kenya KEN 12 Jun 61  
8 8.21.51     Pascal Debacker France FRA 8 Apr 60  
9 8.23.95     Tommy Ekblom Finland FIN 20 Sep 59  
10 8.27.10     Roger Hackney Great Britain GBR 2 Sep 57  
11 8.29.81     Peter Renner New Zealand NZL 27 Oct 59  
12 8.43.40     Féthi Baccouche Tunisia TUN 16 Nov 60  
3000 m steeple Men     Semifinal 1 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.19.08     Domingo Ramón Spain ESP 10 Mar 58  
2 8.20.34     Pascal Debacker France FRA 8 Apr 60  
3 8.20.54     Tommy Ekblom Finland FIN 20 Sep 59  
4 8.20.57     Henry Marsh United States USA 15 Mar 54  
5 8.20.77     Roger Hackney Great Britain GBR 2 Sep 57  
6 8.21.07     Julius Kariuki Kenya KEN 12 Jun 61  
7 8.23.08     William Van Dijck Belgium BEL 24 Jan 61  
8 8.26.15     Paul Davies-Hale Great Britain GBR 21 Jun 62  
9 8.26.32     Greg Duhaime Canada CAN 11 Aug 53  
10 8.30.82     Franco Boffi Italy ITA 2 Nov 58  
11 8.34.90     Liam O'Brien Ireland IRL 11 Oct 54  
12 8.39.47     Filippos Filippou Cyprus CYP 25 Sep 56  
3000 m steeple Men     Semifinal 2 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.12.40     Julius Korir Kenya KEN 21 Apr 60  
2 8.18.12     Peter Renner New Zealand NZL 27 Oct 59  
3 8.18.36     Brian Diemer United States USA 10 Oct 61  
4 8.18.62     Colin Reitz Great Britain GBR 6 Apr 60  
5 8.18.62     Joseph Mahmoud France FRA 13 Dec 55  
6 8.18.70     Féthi Baccouche Tunisia TUN 16 Nov 60  
7 8.21.77     Peter Daenens Belgium BEL 23 Nov 60  
8 8.28.99     Emilio Ulloa Chile CHI 22 Oct 54 NR
9 8.31.24     Francesco Panetta Italy ITA 10 Jan 63  
10 8.32.29     Hans Koeleman Netherlands NED 5 Oct 57  
11 8.38.19     John Gregorek United States USA 15 Apr 60  
12 8.44.70     Carmelo Rios Puerto Rico PUR 11 Oct 59  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 1 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.25.92     Brian Diemer United States USA 10 Oct 61  
2 8.26.04     Domingo Ramón Spain ESP 10 Mar 58  
3 8.27.49     Féthi Baccouche Tunisia TUN 16 Nov 60  
4 8.29.68     William Van Dijck Belgium BEL 24 Jan 61  
5 8.29.71     Emilio Ulloa Chile CHI 22 Oct 54  
6 8.30.35     Pascal Debacker France FRA 8 Apr 60  
7 8.31.97     Paul Davies-Hale Great Britain GBR 21 Jun 62  
8 8.37.05     Francesco Panetta Italy ITA 10 Jan 63  
9 8.41.75     George Kiprotich Rono Kenya KEN 4 Jan 58  
10 8.50.02     Pedro Angel Caceres Argentina ARG 2 May 58  
11 9.05.58     Emmanuel Mpioh Congo CGO 24 May 52 NR
12 10.22.96     Abdullah Al-Akbary Oman OMA 1 Apr 66  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 2 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.29.08     Julius Korir Kenya KEN 21 Apr 60  
2 8.30.31     Roger Hackney Great Britain GBR 2 Sep 57  
3 8.30.85     Joseph Mahmoud France FRA 13 Dec 55  
4 8.31.34     Hans Koeleman Netherlands NED 5 Oct 57  
5 8.31.54     Greg Duhaime Canada CAN 11 Aug 53  
6 8.31.88     Carmelo Rios Puerto Rico PUR 11 Oct 59  
7 8.32.26     Franco Boffi Italy ITA 2 Nov 58  
8 8.38.43     John Gregorek United States USA 15 Apr 60  
9 8.40.76     Juan Torres Spain ESP 15 Mar 59  
11 9.02.41     Hugo García Guatemala GUA 10 Apr 63  
12 9.36.36     Ramon Lopez Paraguay PAR 6 Jun 63  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 3 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.19.45     Julius Kariuki Kenya KEN 12 Jun 61  
2 8.22.95     Peter Renner New Zealand NZL 27 Oct 59  
3 8.28.26     Peter Daenens Belgium BEL 23 Nov 60  
4 8.29.23     Henry Marsh United States USA 15 Mar 54  
5 8.29.33     Colin Reitz Great Britain GBR 6 Apr 60  
6 8.29.45     Tommy Ekblom Finland FIN 20 Sep 59  
7 8.30.09     Filippos Filippou Cyprus CYP 25 Sep 56  
8 8.31.89     Liam O'Brien Ireland IRL 11 Oct 54  
9 8.42.28     Yehuda Tzadok Israel ISR 29 Dec 58  
10 8.43.50     Kim Ju-Yong South Korea KOR 5 Jun 61  
11 9.32.30     Albert Marie Seychelles SEY 3 Mar 57  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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