Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 18–20
Competitors 16 from 6 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Italy
  1924»
Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m steeplechase men
4×100 m relay men
4×400 m relay men
3000 m team race men
3 km walk men
10 km walk men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men
Javelin throw men
56 lb weight throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon men
Decathlon men
Cross-country events
Individual men
Team men

The men's 3000 metres steeplechase event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Wednesday, August 18, 1920 and on Friday, August 20, 1920.

Sixteen runners from six nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 9:49.8(*) Sweden Jonas Ternström Malmö (SWE) July 4, 1914
Olympic Record 10:47.8(**) United Kingdom Arthur Russell London (GBR) July 22, 1908

(*) unofficial

(**) Race held over 3200 metres. Equivalent time for 3000 metres was 10:08.0 minutes.

Michael Devaney won the first ever Olympic 3000 metre steeplechase race in 10:23.0. In the third heat Percy Hodge set a new record with 10:17.4. In the final Percy Hodge set the new Olympic record with 10:00.4 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Michael Devaney (USA) 10:23.0 Q OR
2  Ernesto Ambrosini (ITA) 10:33.6 Q
3  Oskari Rissanen (FIN) 11:07.5 Q
4  Edmond Brossard (FRA)

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Patrick Flynn (USA) 10:36.0 Q
2  Lars Hedwall (SWE) 10:43.5 Q
3  Ray Watson (USA) 10:49.0 Q
4  Robert Geyer (FRA) 11:11.9

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Percy Hodge (GBR) 10:17.4 Q OR
2  Gustaf Mattsson (SWE) 10:22.6 Q
3  Albert Hulsebosch (USA) 10:26.8 Q
4  Ilmari Vesamaa (FIN) 10:32.2
5  Frédéric Langrenay (FRA) 10:39.8
6  Georges Guillon (FRA) 10:44.3
 Carlo Martinenghi (ITA) DNF
 Josef Holsner (SWE) DNF

Final[edit]

The final was held on Friday, August 20, 1920.

Place Athlete Time
1  Percy Hodge (GBR) 10:00.4 OR
2  Patrick Flynn (USA) 10:21.1
3  Ernesto Ambrosini (ITA) 10:32.0
4  Gustaf Mattsson (SWE) 10:32.1
5  Michael Devaney (USA) 10:34.3
6  Albert Hulsebosch (USA) 10:37.7
7  Lars Hedwall (SWE) 10:42.2
8  Ray Watson (USA) 10:50.3
 Oskari Rissanen (FIN) DNS

References[edit]