3000 metres steeplechase world record progression

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Former women's record holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina improved the mark three times.

The official world records in the 3000 metres steeplechase are held by Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar at 7:53.63 minutes for men and Ruth Jebet of Bahrain at 8:52.78 for women, who is currently on suspension awaiting test confirmation on doping allegation. Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech ran 8:44.32 in 2018; this mark awaits ratification.

Although the event had been run for decades and was first contested at the 1920 Olympics, the event was not standardized until 1954, with a requirement for athletes to jump a total of 28 barriers of height 91.1 cm to 91.7 cm, and width 3.66 m (4 hurdle barriers per lap), and jump seven water barriers 3.66 m long and wide with a 91 cm hurdle (1 water barrier per lap). The first 3000 m steeplechase world record to be ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was a run of 8:49.6 minutes by Hungarian Sándor Rozsnyói in 1954.[1]

Before standardization, Sweden's Josef Ternström was the first to complete the event in under ten minutes with his time of 9:49.8 minutes in 1914. When he did it, one of the barriers included a stone wall, and the 500-metre course was a figure-eight.[2] Another Swede, Erik Elmsäter, was the first to dip under nine minutes, in 1944.[3] The first person to run the steeplechase in under eight minutes was Moses Kiptanui of Kenya, who ran it in 7:59.18 on 16 August 1995, in Zürich, Switzerland.

The women's 3000 m steeplechase was recognized as an official world record event as of January 1, 2000, recognizing Yelena Motalova's time of 9:48.88 from 1999 as the inaugural record.[2] It was first contested at a World Championships in Athletics in 2005 and made its Olympic debut in 2008. The first sub-10 minute steeplechase was achieved by Romania's Daniela Petrescu in 1998 with a time of 9:55.28 minutes, but this was before the event was recognized by the IAAF.[4] The first sub-nine minute steeplechase for women was by Gulnara Galkina of Russia in 2008 with a clocking of 8:58.81.[2]

On 16 August 2002, Brahim Boulami of Morocco ran 7:53.17 but the performance was not ratified as a record as Boulami tested positive for EPO, a banned substance.[5]


Belgium's Gaston Roelants broke the world record the year before and the year after his steeplechase gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Time Auto Athlete Location Date
8:49.6  Sándor Rozsnyói (HUN) Bern 1954-08-28
8:47.8  Pentti Karvonen (FIN) Helsinki 1955-07-01
8:45.4  Pentti Karvonen (FIN) Oslo 1955-07-15
8:45.4  Vasiliy Vlasenko (URS) Moscow 1955-08-18
8:41.2  Jerzy Chromik (POL) Brno 1955-08-31
8:40.2  Jerzy Chromik (POL) Budapest 1955-09-11
8:39.8  Semyon Rzhishchin (URS) Moscow 1956-08-14
8:35.6  Sándor Rozsnyói (HUN) Budapest 1956-09-16
8:35.5  Semyon Rzhishchin (URS) Tallinn 1958-07-21
8:32.0  Jerzy Chromik (POL) Warsaw 1958-08-02
8:31.4  Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (POL) Tula 1960-06-26
8:31.2  Grigoriy Taran (URS) Kiev 1961-05-28
8:30.4  Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (POL) Wałcz 1961-06-26
8:29.6  Gaston Roelants (BEL) Leuven 1963-09-07
8:26.4  Gaston Roelants (BEL) Leuven 1965-08-07
8:24.2  Jouko Kuha (FIN) Stockholm 1968-07-17
8:22.2  Vladimir Dudin (URS) Kiev 1969-08-19
8:22.0 8:21.98  Kerry O'Brien (AUS) Berlin 1970-07-04
8:20.8  Anders Gärderud (SWE) Helsinki 1972-09-14
8:20.8  Ben Jipcho (KEN) Lagos 1973-01-15
8:19.8  Ben Jipcho (KEN) Helsinki 1973-06-19
8:14.0 8:13.91  Ben Jipcho (KEN) Helsinki 1973-06-27
8:10.4  Anders Gärderud (SWE) Oslo 1975-06-25
8:09.8 8:09.70  Anders Gärderud (SWE) Stockholm 1975-07-01
8:08.0 8:08.02  Anders Gärderud (SWE) Montreal 1976-07-28
8:05.4  Henry Rono (KEN) Seattle 1978-05-13
8:05.35  Peter Koech (KEN) Stockholm 1989-07-03
8:02.08  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) Zürich 1992-08-19
7:59.18  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) Zürich 1995-08-16
7:59.08  Wilson Boit Kipketer (KEN) Zürich 1997-08-13
7:55.72  Bernard Barmasai (KEN) Cologne 1997-08-24
7:55.28  Brahim Boulami (MAR) Brussels 2001-08-24
7:53.63  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) [nb] Brussels 2004-09-03

Auto times to the hundredth of a second were accepted by the IAAF for events up to and including 10,000 m from 1981.

Saif Saaeed Shaheen, formerly Stephen Cherono of Kenya, is the current record holder.
  • nb Until 2002 Saif Saaeed Shaheen was known as Stephen Cherono, and represented Kenya.


Romania's Cristina Casandra set two world records in the event.
Time Athlete Location Date
9:48.88  Yelena Motalova (RUS) Tula 1999-07-31
9:43.64  Cristina Casandra (ROM) Bucharest 2000-08-07
9:40.20  Cristina Casandra (ROM) Reims 2000-08-30
9:25.31  Justyna Bąk (POL) Nice 2001-07-09
9:22.29  Justyna Bąk (POL) Milan 2002-06-05
9:21.72  Alesya Turova (BLR) Ostrava 2002-06-12
9:16.51  Alesya Turova (BLR) Gdańsk 2002-07-27
9:08.33  Gulnara Samitova (RUS) Tula 2003-08-10
9:01.59  Gulnara Samitova (RUS) Iraklio 2004-07-04
8:58.81  Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS) Beijing 2008-08-17
8:52.78  Ruth Jebet (BHR) Paris 2016-08-27
8:44.32 p  Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN) Monaco 2018-07-20

p - pending ratification


  1. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 554. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Hymans, Richard; Matrahazi, Imre. "IAAF World Records Progression" (pdf) (2015 ed.). International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Main > Men, 3000 m Steeplechase > World Records Progression Archived 2014-01-21 at the Wayback Machine. Brinkster Track and Field. Retrieved on 2014-01-18.
  4. ^ 3000h World records Archived 2012-01-06 at the Wayback Machine. Apulanta. Retrieved on 2014-01-18.
  5. ^ Boulami banned after IAAF's appeal Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine. CNN (2013-11-19). Retrieved on 2014-01-18.

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