Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–5 August
Competitors 39 from 27 nations
Winning time 8:18.56
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    Kenya
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The Men's 3000 metres steeplechase competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–5 August.[1]

The steeplechase has become a national event of Kenya. Their team tactics dominate major championship races. For the first 5 laps, they let others dominate the lead, primarily led by Americans Donald Cabral and Evan Jager. Then the Kenyans decided to move as a team, leaving the field to chase. With less than 800 metres to go, Ugandan Benjamin Kiplagat got tangled up on a barrier and fell flat on his face, the runners behind him having to scramble. 200 metres later, Kenyan Brimin Kipruto fell. Though he quickly scrambled to his feet, that effectively ruined the chances for a Kenyan sweep. Still the other two led through the final lap. Former gold medalist and multiple world champion Ezekiel Kemboi pulled away off the front. As Abel Mutai began to falter, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad sprinted past to repeat his silver medal. Kemboi's lead was secure and after clearing the final barrier, he began to celebrate, drifting out to lane 8 by the time he crossed the finish line.

After the finish, Kemboi did the victory dance he has become known for. He and Mekhissi-Benabbad exchanged jerseys and the diminutive Kemboi leaped into the much larger Mekhissi-Benabbad's arms.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 3000 m steeplechase competition consists of heats (Round 1) and a Final.[2]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 13:00 Round 1
Sunday, 5 August 2012 21:25 Finals


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 Brussels, Belgium 3 September 2004
Olympic record  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:05.51 Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988
2012 World leading  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:54.31 Rome, Italy 31 May 2012

The following National records were set during this competition.

Turkey National Record  Tarik Langat Akdag (TUR) 8:17.85 s
Venezuela National Record  José Peña (VEN) 8:24.06 s


Round 1[edit]


Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad France 8:16.23 Q
2 Evan Jager United States 8:16.61 Q
3 Abel Mutai Kenya 8:17.70 Q
4 Tarik Langat Akdag Turkey 8:17.85 Q, NR
5 Nahom Mesfin Tariku Ethiopia 8:18.16 q, SB
6 Benjamin Kiplagat Uganda 8:18.44 q
7 Amor Ben Yahia Tunisia 8:22.70 PB
8 José Peña Venezuela 8:24.06 NR
9 Ali Ahmed Al-Amri Saudi Arabia 8:26.22 SB
10 Hicham Sigueni Morocco 8:35.89
11 Angel Mullera Spain 8:38.07
12 Alberto Paulo Portugal 8:40.74
13 Steffen Uliczka Germany 8:41.08

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Brimin Kipruto Kenya 8:28.62 Q
2 Yuri Floriani Italy 8:29.01 Q
3 Brahim Taleb Morocco 8:29.02 Q
4 Jukka Keskisalo Finland 8:29.13 Q
5 Nikolay Chavkin Russia 8:29.72
6 Youcef Abdi Australia 8:29.81
7 Jacob Araptany Uganda 8:35.85
8 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieux France 8:36.96
9 Kyle Alcorn United States 8:37.11
10 Artem Kosinov Kazakhstan 8:42.27
11 Mario Bazan Peru 8:51.95
12 Abdelaziz Merzougui Spain 8:58.20
- Birhan Getahun Ethiopia DNF

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Roba Gari Ethiopia 8:20.68 Q
2 Ezekiel Kemboi Kenya 8:20.97 Q
3 Hamid Ezzine Morocco 8:21.25 Q
4 Donald Cabral United States 8:21.46 Q
5 Ion Luchianov Moldova 8:22.09 q, SB
6 Mohamed Khaled Belabbas Algeria 8:22.32 SB
7 Alex Genest Canada 8:22.62 SB
8 Vadym Slobodenyuk Ukraine 8:23.35
9 Łukasz Parszczyński Poland 8:30.08
10 Weynay Ghebresilasie Eritrea 8:37.57
11 Albert Minczer Hungary 8:40.74 SB
12 Stuart Stokes Great Britain 8:43.04
- Víctor Garcia Spain DNF



Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st Ezekiel Kemboi Kenya 8:18.56
2nd Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad France 8:19.08
3rd Abel Mutai Kenya 8:19.73
4 Roba Gari Ethiopia 8:20.00
5 Brimin Kipruto Kenya 8:23.03
6 Evan Jager United States 8:23.87
7 Hamid Ezzine Morocco 8:24.90
8 Donald Cabral United States 8:25.91
9 Tarik Langat Akdag Turkey 8:27.64
10 Ion Luchianov Moldova 8:28.15
11 Brahim Taleb Morocco 8:32.40
12 Nahom Mesfin Tariku Ethiopia 8:35.12
13 Yuri Floriani Italy 8:40.07
Jukka Keskisalo Finland DNF
Benjamin Kiplagat Uganda DQ R 163.3b*

* Infringement of the inside border.


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Men's 3000m Steeplechase". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "3000 metres steeplechase men's Heats". Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "3000 metres steeplechase men's Final". Retrieved 5 August 2012.