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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: Top four in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 27, 2000  
Date Finished: September 29, 2000  
(Competitors: 40; Countries: 29; Finalists: 15)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF   2000_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The heats were won by two of the favourites – Kosgei (8:23.17) and Barmasai (8:23.08) – while the third was headed by Laid Bessou (ALG) in 8:21.14 ahead of Boit Kipeketer, the other likely winner. The pace in the final was slow, causing Kallabis, the European Champion, to fall at the first hurdle. Luís Martin passed 1000m in 2:55.85, and the pace increased slightly in the second kilo, reached in 5:43.91 by Kosgei. From this point on Kosgei kept the lead, though Boit and Luis Martin both challenged for the lead in the final lap. Boit drew level with Kosgei 20m from the finish but lost when the two bumped arms and he missed his stride, leaving Kosgei to win. Ezzine finished quickly to prevent a Kenyan sweep of the medals. Kosgei was already well-known as the World Junior Champion of 1998, so it was less than helpful that he had been intially entered under the name Reuben Seroney. That was the version of his name which appeared in the heats, but common sense prevailed in time for the final in which his familiar name was used.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
It was a foregone conclusion that a Kenyan would win, so dominant were they by now in the steeplechase. Their three runners included 1997 World Champion Wilson Boit Kipketer the runner-up in that race, and world record holder, Bernard Barmasai, and 1998 World Junior Champion Reuben Kosgei, who had been initially entered by the name of Reuben Seroney. The pace in the final was funereal, with 1998 European Champion Damian Kallabis (GER) falling at the first hurdle in the mass pack. Kosgei took the lead at 2,000 metres and was never headed, although Boit Kipketer pulled to his shoulder near the finish. They bumped slightly on the run-in and Kosgei edged ahead at the line.
 

Records

World and Olympic records prior to the Games.

World Record 7:55.72 Bernard Barmasai Kenya Cologne, Germany 24 August 1997
Olympic Record 8:05.51 Julius Kariuki Kenya Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988
 
        Results        

The Men's 3000 metres Steeplechase at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Wednesday 27 September and Friday 29 September 2000.

The top four runners in each of the initial three heats automatically qualified for the final. The next three fastest runners from across the heats also qualified.

Over the previous couple of months, the two Moroccan runners Ali Ezzine and Brahim Boulami had proven they could run with the Kenyans in sub-8:04 races. That still was not in the range of the capability of World Record holder Bernard Barmasai or previous record holder Wilson Boit Kipketer. But the Kenyans did not assert the same dominance they had displayed in the previous three Olympics.

Less than 100 metres into the race, Damian Kallabis fell over the first barrier. A loud sound went off in the stadium as if the race had been recalled, but none of the runners stopped and Kallabis rushed to catch up with the back of the pack. The third Kenyan was Reuben Kosgei, who had won the Athletics Kenya World Championship Trials, not world #2 Moses Kiptanui. The Kenyan trio, took their position at the point of the pack, but Ezzine made it clear he was going to run with them, taking the lead a lap and a half into the race. The Kenyans immediately stopped fighting to keep the lead, Luis Miguel Martin, Ezzine and Simon Vroemen took their turns at the front. After another lap and a half, Kosgei and Kipketer had had enough and moved back into the lead, taking Günther Weidlinger in their move to the front, with Barmasai, Boulami and Eliseo Martin at the back of the group of leaders. With a lap and a half to go, Eliseo Martin went around the pack to challenge Kosgei for the lead. Kosgei sped up just enough to discourage him. Then the Kenyan trio made the push to the front, just past a lap to go, all three were at the front, but Ezzine was right there with them. On the backstretch, Luis Miguel Martin made a rush to the front, again Kosgei wouldn't let him go by. Over the water jump, with all Kenyans taking it as conservatively as the rest of the field Kosgei and Martin arrived at the head of the straightaway almost together, with Kipketer and Barmasai right behind them. When the sprinting started, Martin could not go with them. Kipketer went around the outside, past Martin and into the lead over the last barrier. Kipketer had the advantage shoulder to shoulder with Kosgei, the two collided, Kipketer losing his balance and flailing as Kosgei took the lead back.sprinting to the finish. Kipketer struggled to cross the line in second, while Barmasai was falling further behind, passed by a sprinting Ezzine just before the line.

3000 m steeple Men     Final 29 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.21.43     Reuben Kosgei Kenya KEN 2 Aug 79  
2 8.21.77     Wilson Boit Kipketer Kenya KEN 6 Oct 73  
3 8.22.15     Ali Ezzine Morocco MAR 3 Sep 78  
4 8.22.23     Bernard Barmasai Kenya KEN 6 May 74  
5 8.22.75     Luís Miguel Martín Spain ESP 11 Jan 72  
6 8.23.00     Eliseo Martín Spain ESP 5 Nov 73  
7 8.24.32     Brahim Boulami Morocco MAR 20 Apr 72  
8 8.26.70     Günther Weidlinger Austria AUT 5 Apr 78  
9 8.27.20     Jim Svenøy Norway NOR 22 Apr 72  
10 8.30.89     Khamis Abdulla Saifeldin Qatar QAT 1 Dec 76  
11 8.33.07     Laïd Bessou Algeria ALG 5 Feb 76  
12 8.37.87     Simon Vroemen Netherlands NED 11 May 69  
13 8.38.63     Manuel Silva Portugal POR 8 Oct 78  
14 8.41.19     Gaël Pencréach France FRA 5 Aug 77  
15 9.09.78     Damian Kallabis Germany GER 10 Jun 73  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 1 27 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.23.17     Reuben Kosgei Kenya KEN 2 Aug 79  
2 8.23.79   Q Ali Ezzine Morocco MAR 3 Sep 78  
3 8.24.07   Q Günther Weidlinger Austria AUT 5 Apr 78  
4 8.24.97   Q Eliseo Martín Spain ESP 5 Nov 73  
5 8.25.88     Mark Croghan United States USA 8 Jan 68  
6 8.34.69     Bouabdellah Tahri France FRA 20 Dec 78  
7 8.35.34     Daba Maru Ethiopia ETH 12 Dec 80  
8 8.37.44     Florin Ionescu Romania ROU 3 Feb 71  
9 8.40.51     Serhiy Redko Ukraine UKR 24 Jan 73  
10 8.46.66     Christian Stephenson Great Britain GBR 22 Jul 74  
11 8.59.07     Mourad Benslimani Algeria ALG 19 Feb 74  
12 9.11.19     Chris Unthank Australia AUS 31 Aug 72  
13 9.44.12     Primo Higa Solomon Islands SOL 15 Jun 73  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 2 27 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.23.08   Q Bernard Barmasai Kenya KEN 6 May 74  
2 8.23.61   Q Jim Svenøy Norway NOR 22 Apr 72  
3 8.23.94   Q Khamis Abdulla Saifeldin Qatar QAT 1 Dec 76  
4 8.24.04   Q Luís Miguel Martín Spain ESP 11 Jan 72  
5 8.24.48   Q Damian Kallabis Germany GER 10 Jun 73  
6 8.25.35   Q Gaël Pencréach France FRA 5 Aug 77  
7 8.28.07     Joël Bourgeois Canada CAN 25 Apr 71  
8 8.33.45     Christian Belz Switzerland SUI 11 Sep 74  
9 8.33.51     Rafał Wójcik Poland POL 18 Sep 72  
10 8.35.25     Tony Cosey United States USA 5 Oct 74  
11 8.43.46     Elarbi Khattabi Morocco MAR 16 May 67  
12 9.19.14     Yeóryios Yiannélis Greece GRE 24 Jul 71  
  DNF     Stathis Stasi Cyprus CYP 19 Apr 73  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 3 27 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.21.14   Q Laïd Bessou Algeria ALG 5 Feb 76  
2 8.22.07   Q Wilson Boit Kipketer Kenya KEN 6 Oct 73  
3 8.22.13   Q Simon Vroemen Netherlands NED 11 May 69  
4 8.24.43   Q Brahim Boulami Morocco MAR 20 Apr 72  
5 8.25.70   Q Manuel Silva Portugal POR 8 Oct 78  
6 8.29.52     Pascal Dobert United States USA 8 Apr 74  
7 8.31.01     Justin Chaston Great Britain GBR 4 Nov 68  
8 8.34.84     Lotfi Turki Tunisia TUN 6 Mar 75  
9 8.35.79     Salvador Miranda Mexico MEX 22 Aug 71  
10 8.40.01     Marc Cepeda Spain ESP 1 Jul 74  
11 8.42.04     Iaroslav Muşinschi Moldova MDA 8 Aug 76  
12 8.48.88     Giuseppe Maffei Italy ITA 28 Jan 74  
13 8.57.69     Vladimir Pronin Russia RUS 27 Apr 69  
14 9.13.71     Eduardo Buenavista Philippines PHI 13 Oct 79  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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