2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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The Men's 3.000 metres Steeplechase at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, on August 16 and August 18, 2009. Keeping in line with previous major championships success, the four-man Kenyan team entered for the event contained a number of race favourites.[1]

The Kenyans were led by the reigning World and Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto, followed by 2004 Olympic champion and world-leader Ezekiel Kemboi, and finally Olympic medallists Paul Kipsiele Koech and Richard Mateelong. Two French athletes offered the strongest possibility of beating the Kenyans, with Olympic silver medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and European record holder Bouabdellah Tahri. Other possible medallists were the in-form Moroccan Jamel Chatbi and the European Champion Jukka Keskisalo.[1]

After Mekhissi-Benabbad pulled up due to injury in the heats, the chance of a Kenyan podium sweep increased.[2] All three heats were won by a Kenyan athlete, and Kenyan-born Tareq Mubarak Taher, who now competes for Bahrain, was the fastest non-Kenyan qualifier.[3] Chatbi, who had finished second in his heat, became the first athlete of the championships to test positive for banned substances. His "A" sample showed traces of clenbuterol and he was withdrawn from the final.[4]

In the final, South African Ruben Ramolefi lead early on, but he was soon overtaken by Koech and Kemboi. Around the halfway mark, a group of five athletes were leading the field: the four Kenyan runners and Frenchman Tahri. Defending champion Kipruto was the only one to fall away from the leading pack and Koech, Kemboi, Mateelong were the first to reach the home stretch. In a close finish, Kemboi won in 8:00.43, and Mateelong took the silver. Tahri made a strong run to the line to upset the Kenyan's podium sweep hopes, beating Koech to the bronze and setting a new European record in the process. The top four runners had all beaten Moses Kiptanui's fourteen-year-old Championship record in what was the fastest ever steeplechase race at the World Championships.[5]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Ezekiel Kemboi
 Kenya
Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong
 Kenya
Bouabdellah Tahri
 France

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the following records were as follows.

World record  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 Brussels, Belgium 3 September 2004
Championship record  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 8:04.16 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
World leading  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 7:58.85 Doha, Qatar 8 May 2009
African record  Brahim Boulami (MAR) 7:55.28 Brussels, Belgium 24 August 2001
Asian record  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 Brussels, Belgium 3 September 2004
North American record  Daniel Lincoln (USA) 8:08.82 Rome, Italy 14 July 2006
South American record  Wander do Prado Moura (BRA) 8:14.41 Mar del Plata, Argentina 22 March 1995
European record  Bouabdellah Tahri (FRA) 8:02.19 Metz, France 3 July 2009
Oceanian record  Peter Renner (NZL) 8:14.05 Koblenz, Switzerland 29 August 1984

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
8:23.00 8:33.50

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 16, 2009 11:00 Heats
August 18, 2009 19:50 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 4 in each heat(Q) and the next 3 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Richard Mateelong  Kenya 8:17.99 Q
2 2 Brimin Kipruto  Kenya 8:18.07 Q
3 1 Tareq Mubarak Taher  Bahrain 8:18.13 Q
4 1 Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 8:18.16 Q
5 1 Roba Gary  Ethiopia 8:18.22 Q
6 2 Bouabdellah Tahri  France 8:18.23 Q
7 2 Ruben Ramolefi  South Africa 8:18.24 Q
8 2 Benjamin Kiplagat  Uganda 8:18.55 Q
9 1 Abubaker Ali Kamal  Qatar 8:18.95 q, SB
10 3 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:19.36 Q
11 3 Yacob Jarso  Ethiopia 8:20.91 Q
12 2 Jukka Keskisalo  Finland 8:22.00 q
13 2 Mustafa Mohamed  Sweden 8:22.92 q
14 2 José Luis Blanco  Spain 8:24.07
15 2 Krijn van Koolwijk  Belgium 8:24.22 SB
16 3 Eliseo Martín  Spain 8:24.29 Q
17 1 Abdelatif Chemlal  Morocco 8:25.68
18 3 Ion Luchianov  Moldova 8:27.41
19 1 Tomasz Szymkowiak  Poland 8:27.93
20 3 Bjørnar Ustad Kristensen  Norway 8:28.49 SB
21 1 Mario Bazán  Peru 8:28.67 NR
22 1 Pieter Desmet  Belgium 8:31.81
23 2 Ildar Minshin  Russia 8:33.89
24 3 Steffen Uliczka  Germany 8:37.83
25 3 Simon Ayeko  Uganda 8:37.86
26 3 Yoshitaka Iwamizu  Japan 8:39.03
27 3 Boštjan Buč  Slovenia 8:40.56
28 1 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieaux  France 8:41.85
29 3 Alberto Paulo  Portugal 8:43.13
30 2 Rob Watson  Canada 8:44.73
31 1 Per Jacobsen  Sweden 8:44.80
32 3 Daniel Huling  United States 8:46.79
33 1 Ángel Mullera  Spain 8:47.40
34 2 Youcef Abdi  Australia 8:49.88
35 2 Legese Lamiso  Ethiopia 8:51.63
36 2 Josh McAdams  United States 9:02.19
1 Kyle Alcorn  United States DNF
3 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  France DNF
DSQ 3 Jamel Chatbi  Morocco 8:20.26 Q[6]

Key: DNF = Did not finish, NR = National record, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best

DSQ - Disqualified (Chatbi disqualified due to violation of anti-doping rules)

Final[edit]

Kenyan athletes led for much of the race
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:00.43 CR
2 Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong  Kenya 8:00.89 PB
3 Bouabdellah Tahri  France 8:01.18 AR
4 Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 8:01.26 SB
5 Yacob Jarso  Ethiopia 8:12.13 PB
6 Roba Gary  Ethiopia 8:12.40
7 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto  Kenya 8:12.61
8 Jukka Keskisalo  Finland 8:14.47
9 Eliseo Martín  Spain 8:16.51 SB
10 Tareq Mubarak Taher  Bahrain 8:17.08
11 Benjamin Kiplagat  Uganda 8:17.82
12 Abubaker Ali Kamal  Qatar 8:19.72
13 Ruben Ramolefi  South Africa 8:32.54
14 Mustafa Mohamed  Sweden 8:35.77
Jamel Chatbi  Morocco DNS[6]

Key: AR = Area record, CR = Championship record, DNS = Did not start, PB = Personal best, SB = Seasonal best

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Men's 3000m Steeplechase - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.
  2. ^ Berlin 2009: European wrap on Day 2 . European Athletics (2009-08-16). Retrieved on 2009-08-17.
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-16). Event Report - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.
  4. ^ World Athletics: Jamel Chatbi fails drugs test. The Daily Telegraph (2009-08-18). Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  5. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-18). Event Report - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
  6. ^ a b Athlete removed from competition for a positive drug test.