2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 3000 metres steeplechase
|Events at the
2009 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The Women's 3,000 metres Steeplechase event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on August 15 and August 17. The Russian steeplechase team entered for the event was particularly strong, featuring world record holder and Olympic champion Gulnara Galkina, defending world champion Yekaterina Volkova, and third fastest of the year Yuliya Zarudneva. Other possible medallists included Marta Domínguez, who had the world-leading time prior to the competition, American record holder Jenny Barringer, and world junior record holder Ruth Bisibori.
On the first day of competition, Galkina won heat one, with Germany's Antje Möldner finishing not far behind with a national record-breaking run. African athletes Zemzem Ahmed and Gladys Kipkemoi shared the winning time in the second heat, a race which saw the defending champion Volkova eliminated from the competition.
In the final, the favourite Galkina led upon the final lap, when Domínguez and Zarudneva sped ahead of the field. Domínguez kicked in the final straight to take her first World Championship gold medal in 9:07.32. This was a Spanish record and the fourth fastest of all time, in what was only her ninth race in the steeplechase. Zarudneva held on for the silver medal and Milcah Chemos Cheywa, a Kenyan newcomer, took the bronze, both athletes with a personal best. The former champion Galkina had faded into fourth place, and out of the medals. A number of athletes in the rest of the field recorded personal bests, with highlights including Habiba Ghribi and Antje Möldner running national records, and Jennifer Barringer setting a new North American record.
|Milcah Chemos Cheywa
|World record||Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS)||8:58.81||Beijing, China||17 August 2008|
|Championship record||Yekaterina Volkova (RUS)||9:06.57||Osaka, Japan||27 August 2007|
|World leading||Marta Domínguez (ESP)||9:09.39||Barcelona, Spain||25 July 2009|
|African record||Eunice Jepkorir (KEN)||9:07.41||Beijing, China||17 August 2008|
|Asian record||Liu Nian (CHN)||9:26.25||Wuhan, China||2 November 2007|
|North American record||Jennifer Barringer (USA)||9:22.26||Beijing, China||17 August 2008|
|South American record||Sabine Heitling (BRA)||9:41.22||London, United Kingdom||25 July 2009|
|European record||Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS)||8:58.81||Beijing, China||17 August 2008|
|Oceanian record||Donna MacFarlane (AUS)||9:18.35||Oslo, Norway||6 June 2008|
- Jennifer Barringer improved her North American record by almost ten seconds, finishing with 9:12.50.
|A time||B time|
|August 15, 2009||10:50||Heats|
|August 17, 2009||20:30||Final|
Qualification: First 4 in each heat(Q) and the next 3 fastest(q) advance to the final.
Key: NR = National record, PB = Personal best, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best
|Marta Domínguez||Spain||9:07.32||WL, NR|
|Milcah Chemos Cheywa||Kenya||9:08.57||PB|
|5||Jennifer Barringer||United States||9:12.50||AR|
Key: AR = Area record, NR = National record, PB = Personal best, SB = Seasonal best, WL = World leading (in a given season)
|2000m||Gladys Jerotich Kipkemoi||Kenya||6:06.45|
- Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-09). Women's 3000m Steeplechase - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16. Archived 2009-09-08.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-15). Event Report - Women's 3000m Steeplechase - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-17). Event Report - Women's 3000m Steeplechase - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.