Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 15–17 October
Competitors 30 from 19 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Gaston Roelants  Belgium
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maurice Herriott  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ivan Belyayev  Soviet Union
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Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
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The men's 3000 metres steeplechase was the only steeplechase on the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 15 October and 17 October 1964. 30 athletes from 19 nations entered, with 1 not starting in the first round. The first round was held on 15 October and the final on 17 October.

New Olympic records for the event were set in two of the three heats as well as in the final, for a total of three out of four races resulting in a new record.


First round[edit]

The top three runners in each of the 3 heats as well as the fastest remaining runner advanced.

First round, heat 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Manuel Oliveira  Portugal 8:40.8
2 Ivan Belyayev  Soviet Union 8:42.0
3 Ben Assou El Ghazi  Morocco 8:42.8
4 Victor Zwolak  United States 8:43.6
5 Okuzawa Zenji  Japan 8:50.0
6 Slavko Span  Yugoslavia 8:57.6
7 Jozsef Macsar  Hungary 9:08.8
8 Dieter Hartmann  United Team of Germany 9:09.2
9 Jean Ekonian Toffey  Côte d'Ivoire 9:47.4
Bengt Perssoon  Sweden Did not start

First round, heat 2[edit]

Gustaffson and Young tied the old Olympic record, but Herriott beat it by 1.2 seconds.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Maurice Herriott  Great Britain 8:33.0 OR
2 Lars-Erik Gustafsson  Sweden 8:34.2
3 George L. Young  United States 8:34.2
4 Guy Texereau  France 8:34.6
5 Lazar Naroditsky  Soviet Union 8:43.0
6 Fred Doring  United Team of Germany 8:43.2
7 Saruwatari Taketsugu  Japan 8:46.6
8 Edward Szklarczyk  Poland 8:48.0
9 A. Labidi Taouadi  Tunisia 9:02.0
10 Cahit Onel  Turkey 9:15.6

First round, heat 3[edit]

Herriott's Olympic record did not last long, as Alexeiunas dropped another 1.2 seconds off of the record in the very next heat.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Adolf Alexeiunas  Soviet Union 8:31.8 OR
2 Gaston Roelants  Belgium 8:33.8
3 Ernie Pomfret  Great Britain 8:45.2
4 Jeffrey Fishback  United States 8:50.2
5 Benjamin Kogo  Kenya 8:51.0
6 Rainier Dorner  United Team of Germany 8:55.0
7 Attila Simon  Hungary 8:57.8
8 Trevor Vincent  Australia 8:58.8
9 Yokomizo Saburo  Japan 9:04.6
10 Dilbagh Singh Kler  Malaysia 9:18.8


Alexeiunas could not match his record-setting pace from the heats, falling to 7th in the final. Herriott, who had set the record Alexeiunas had broken, improved on his own time but could not reach Alexeiunas's record as he placed second. Roelants, the world record-holder who had run behind Alexeiunas in the heat, turned out victorious in the final, breaking the Soviet's record by a full second to set a third new record in the event.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Gaston Roelants  Belgium 8:30.8 OR
2 Maurice Herriott  Great Britain 8:32.4
3 Ivan Belyayev  Soviet Union 8:33.8
4 Manuel Oliveira  Portugal 8:36.2
5 George L. Young  United States 8:38.2
6 Guy Texereau  France 8:38.6
7 Adolf Alexeiunas  Soviet Union 8:39.0
8 Lars-Erik Gustafsson  Sweden 8:41.8
9 Ben Assou El Ghazi  Morocco 8:43.6
10 Ernie Pomfret  Great Britain 8:43.8


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