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

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Women's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Course de 3000m steeple (JO Londres).jpg
3000 meters steeple final on 6 August
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 4–6 August
Competitors 44 from 26 nations
Winning time 9:06.72
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal    Tunisia
Bronze medal    Ethiopia
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The Women's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 4–6 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

From the gun in the final, reigning world champion Yuliya Zaripova sprinted out to the lead and dictated the pace. But rather than continuing to accelerate, she slowed, with the rest of the field bunching behind with nobody willing to go around. The pack slowly disintegrated by attrition. With 3 laps to go a group of seven had separated, including all three Ethiopians, plus Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge and Habiba Ghribi, all still behind Zaripova. On the 6th lap, defending champion and World Record holder Gulnara Galkina, already off the back, made a right turn and stepped off the track. The pace quickened, losing Etenesh Diro and Njoroge at the water jump. Zaripova just continued to accelerate. On the back stretch Ghribi looked to be clear of the other three but almost put her hand out so as not to pass Zaripova. From that point, Zaripova just extended her lead with Ghribi clearly in second place. Sofia Assefa broke away from her teammate Hiwot Ayalew. Down the home stretch Cheywa made a late run but Assefa held on for the bronze medal. Compared to the previous year's world championships, the first two medalists were the same, Zaripova a second faster for her personal record, Ghribi was 3 seconds faster for her Tunisian national record, and Assefa 19 seconds faster to push Cheywa off the podium.[2]

Competition format[edit]

The women's 3000 m steeplechase competition consisted of heats and a final.[3]


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

World record  Gulnara Galkina (RUS) 8:58.81 Beijing, China 17 August 2008
Olympic record
2012 World leading  Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN) 9:07.14 Oslo, Norway 7 June 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Yuliya Zaripova (RUS) 9:06.72 London, United Kingdom 6 August 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 11:35 Round 1
Monday, 6 August 2012 21:05 Finals


Round 1[edit]


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

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes Qual.
1 Gesa Felicitas Krause Germany 9:24.91 PB Q
2 Etenesh Diro Ethiopia 9:25.31 Q
3 Milcah Chemos Cheywa Kenya 9:27.09 Q
4 Polina Jelizarova Latvia 9:27.21 NR Q
5 Gulnara Galkina Russia 9:28.76 q
6 Barbara Parker Great Britain 9:32.07
7 Li Zhenzhu China 9:34.29 SB
8 Diana Martín Spain 9:35.77 PB
9 Genevieve LaCaze Australia 9:37.90 PB
10 Korene Hinds Jamaica 9:37.95 SB
11 Salima El Ouali Alami Morocco 9:44.62
12 Shalaya Kipp United States 9:48.33
13 Sudha Singh India 9:48.86
14 Sviatlana Kudzelich Belarus 9:54.77
15 Binnaz Uslu Turkey 10:31.00

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes Qual.
1 Sofia Assefa Ethiopia 9:25.42 Q
2 Habiba Ghribi Tunisia 9:27.42 SB Q
3 Emma Coburn United States 9:27.51 Q
4 Marta Domínguez Spain 9:29.71 Q
5 Clarisse Cruz Portugal 9:30.06 PB q
6 Yelena Orlova Russia 9:33.14
7 Valentyna Zhudina Ukraine 9:37.90
8 Lydia Chebet Rotich Kenya 9:42.03
9 Stephanie Reilly Ireland 9:44.77
10 Gülcan Mıngır Turkey 9:47.35
11 Katarzyna Kowalska Poland 9:48.60
12 Beverly Ramos Puerto Rico 9:55.26
13 Cristina Casandra Romania 9:58.83
14 Yin Annuo China 10:09.10
15 Ángela Figueroa Colombia 10:25.60

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes Qual.
1 Hiwot Ayalew Ethiopia 9:24.01 Q
2 Yuliya Zaripova Russia 9:25.68 Q
3 Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge Kenya 9:25.99 Q
4 Antje Moldner-Schmidt Germany 9:26.57 SB Q
5 Bridget Franek United States 9:29.86 q
6 Ancuța Bobocel Romania 9:31.06
7 Dorcus Inzikuru Uganda 9:35.29
8 Sandra Eriksson Finland 9:50.71
9 Eilish McColgan Great Britain 9:54.36
10 Kaltoum Bouaasayriya Morocco 9:58.77
11 Silvia Danekova Bulgaria 9:59.52
12 Svitlana Shmidt Ukraine 10:01.09
13 Özlem Kaya Turkey 10:03.52
14 Matylda Szlęzak Poland 10:08.84


The runners line-up
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Yuliya Zaripova Russia 9:06.72 WL, PB
2 Habiba Ghribi Tunisia 9:08.37 NR
3 Sofia Assefa Ethiopia 9:09.84
4 Milcah Chemos Cheywa Kenya 9:09.88
5 Hiwot Ayalew Ethiopia 9:12.98
6 Etenesh Diro Ethiopia 9:19.89 PB
7 Antje Moldner-Schmidt Germany 9:21.78 SB
8 Gesa Felicitas Krause Germany 9:23.52 PB
9 Emma Coburn United States 9:23.54 PB
10 Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge Kenya 9:26.73
11 Clarisse Cruz Portugal 9:32.44
12 Marta Dominguez Spain 9:36.45
13 Polina Jelizarova Latvia 9:38.56
14 Bridget Franek United States 9:45.51
Gulnara Galkina Russia DNF