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
1st, gold medalist(s) Percy Hodge  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Patrick Flynn  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ernesto Ambrosini  Italy
1924 →

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

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