Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
|Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
|Venue||Estadio Olímpico Universitario|
|Dates||October 14 (heats)
October 16 (final)
|Competitors||39 from 22 nations|
|Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
|80 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
Four years earlier, Benjamin Kogo was the only Kenyan in the field, not making it out of the qualifying round. On the final lap, Kogo was in third place and his teammate was back in fifth behind Soviet Aleksandr Morozov with 200 metres to go. George Young had a few metres lead on Kerry O'Brien. In the 50 metres going into the water jump, Kogo passed O'Brien and pulled even with Young. Kogo took that water jump so much faster than Young, he gained a foot and had the momentum to carry him several metres into the lead. Young was straining to hold off O'Brien over the final barrier. O'Brien even checked over his left shoulder to make sure Morozov was not coming. Simultaneously Biwott was about to pass him on right. Biwott took the hurdle awkwardly, almost landing on both feet. But Biwott had more speed, leaving O'Brien and Young then sprinting past Kogo on to a three-metre victory.
Since this 1-2 victory, Kenya has gone on to dominate the event in the Olympics. Except for the two boycott years of 1976 and 1980, Kenya has won more than 2/3 of all medals offered, usually going 1-2 and sweeping the event twice.
The first rounds were held on October 14. The fastest four athletes in each of the three heats advanced to the Final Round.
|5||John Jackson||Great Britain||9:11.33|
|6||Conrad Nightingale||United States||9:13.23|
|8||Manuel de Oliveira||Portugal||9:19.22|
|9||Klaus-Ludwig Brosius||West Germany||9:23.98|
|2||George Young||United States||9:01.49Q|
|4||Viktor Kudinskiy||Soviet Union||9:05.25Q|
|5||Willi Wagner||West Germany||9:24.49|
|8||Maurice Herriott||Great Britain||9:34.68|
|10||Eddy Van Butsele||Belgium||9:38.79|
|13||Efraín Cordero||El Salvador||11:19.23|
|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|
|10||Heinz-Gerd Mölders||West Germany||9:32.22|
The final was held on October 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.
|George Young||United States||8:51.86|
|5||Aleksandr Morozov||Soviet Union||8:55.61|
|Viktor Kudinskiy||Soviet Union||DNF|
- "Athletics at the 1968 Mexico City: Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 21 November 2017.