Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Dates October 14 (heats and quarterfinals)
October 16 (final)
Competitors 39 from 22 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1964 1972»
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Round One[edit]

The first rounds were held on August 14. The fastest four athletes in each of the three heats advanced to the Final Round.

Heat One

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Benjamin Kogo Kenya 8:57.80Q
2 Javier Álvarez Spain 9:03.74Q
3 Bengt Persson Sweden 9:06.43Q
4 Arne Risa Norway 9:07.31Q
5 John Jackson Great Britain 9:11.33
6 Conrad Nightingale United States 9:13.23
7 Tadesse Wolde-Medhin Ethiopia 9:13.24
8 Manuel de Oliveira Portugal 9:19.22
9 Klaus-Ludwig Brosius West Germany 9:23.98
10 János Szabó Hungary 9:25.82
11 Pedro Miranda Mexico 9:25.95
12 Domingo Amaizón Argentina 9:43.06

Heat Two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jean-Paul Villain France 9:01.12Q
2 George Young United States 9:01.49Q
3 Kerry O'Brien Australia 9:02.31Q
4 Viktor Kudinskiy Soviet Union 9:05.25Q
5 Willi Wagner West Germany 9:24.49
6 Labidi Ayachi Tunisia 9:24.62
7 Nobuyoshi Miura Japan 9:32.95
8 Maurice Herriott Great Britain 9:34.68
9 Albertino Etchechury Uruguay 9:35.61
10 Eddy Van Butsele Belgium 9:38.79
11 Jan Cych Poland 9:50.78
12 Hans Menet Switzerland 10:02.06
13 Efraín Cordero El Salvador 11:19.23
AC Mariano Haro Spain [9:15.93]DQ

Heat Three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Amos Biwott Kenya 8:49.39Q
2 Mikhail Zhelev Bulgaria 9:01.96Q
3 Gaston Roelants Belgium 9:08.29Q
4 Aleksandr Morozov Soviet Union 9:08.45Q
5 Bill Reilly United States 9:10.35
6 Peter Welsh New Zealand 9:13.80
7 Gareth Bryan-Jones Great Britain 9:16.86
8 Jan-Erik Karlsson Sweden 9:19.64
9 Taketsugu Saruwatari Japan 9:26.30
10 Heinz-Gerd Mölders West Germany 9:32.22
11 Umberto Risi Italy 9:43.97
12 Julio Quevedo Guatemala 9:48.37
AC Guy Texereau France DNF


The final was held on August 16. Biwott amazed the crowd leaping over the water jump using long jump-type technique, completely clearing the water. His barrier technique was also unique and he jumped with both feet together rather than in a hurdling technique. Benjamin Kogo led the final thru the kilometer but at the bell George Young joined him. Young took the lead with 300 to go, but Biwott ran down everybody in the final straight to win the gold medal. This began the Kenyan dominance of the steeplechase event.

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st Amos Biwott Kenya 8:51.02
2nd Benjamin Kogo Kenya 8:51.56
3rd George Young United States 8:51.86
4 Kerry O'Brien Australia 8:52.08
5 Aleksandr Morozov Soviet Union 8:55.61
6 Mikhail Zhelev Bulgaria 8:58.41
7 Gaston Roelants Belgium 8:59.50
8 Arne Risa Norway 9:08.98
9 Jean-Paul Villain France 9:16.27
10 Bengt Persson Sweden 9:20.61
11 Javier Álvarez Spain 9:24.51
Viktor Kudinskiy Soviet Union DNF