Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
|Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||39 from 27 nations|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|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 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. 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.
|Friday, 3 August 2012||13:00||Round 1|
|Sunday, 5 August 2012||21:25||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], 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|
Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.
|2||Evan Jager||United States||8:16.61||Q|
|4||Tarik Langat Akdag||Turkey||8:17.85||Q, NR|
|5||Nahom Mesfin Tariku||Ethiopia||8:18.16||q, SB|
|7||Amor Ben Yahia||Tunisia||8:22.70||PB|
|9||Ali Ahmed Al-Amri||Saudi Arabia||8:26.22||SB|
|9||Kyle Alcorn||United States||8:37.11|
|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|
|12||Stuart Stokes||Great Britain||8:43.04|
|6||Evan Jager||United States||8:23.87|
|8||Donald Cabral||United States||8:25.91|
|9||Tarik Langat Akdag||Turkey||8:27.64|
|12||Nahom Mesfin Tariku||Ethiopia||8:35.12|
|Benjamin Kiplagat||Uganda||DQ||R 163.3b*|
* Infringement of the inside border.