Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
Venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dates 3-6 August
Competitors 35 from 25 nations
Winning time 8:11.80
1st, gold medalist(s) Julius Korir  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Joseph Mahmoud  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Brian Diemer  United States
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Athletics at the
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The men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California had an entrylist of 35 competitors, with three qualifying heats (35 runners) and two semifinals (24) before the final (12) took place.

During the first lap of the race, a bandit rushed the track, joining the race over the first water jump. He managed to sprint past security over the next barrier and beyond before being tackled. On the second lap, he managed to get free again for a few moments before finally being dragged away.

"They've got all sorts of security at these games, designed to prevent anything from nuclear attack to germ warfare. But the odd idiot is a real problem."

— David Coleman, BBC Commentator[1]

Shortly after the second lap began, Peter Renner assumed the lead, followed by Kenyan Julius duo of Julius Korir and Julius Kariuki. Henry Marsh was typically as much as 20 metres back off the pace. Renner opened up several metres on the Kenyans but with two laps to go, the field began bunching behind Renner with Brian Diemer, Joseph Mahmoud, Colin Reitz and Marsh back in the fold, all getting ready to pounce. Just before the bell, Renner started to fall back. Korir accelerated and Marsh was the first to follow, Diemer was next to catch up, followed by Mahmoud. Through the final turn, Marsh looked like the only one still with any shot at Korir, but he was still losing ground. Marsh was unable to make any headway as Mahmoud passed in on the outside, with Korir taking the final barrier as a hurdler and sprinting to victory. Mahmoud sprinted away to the silver medal while Diemer challenged Marsh on the outside. Diemer got the edge on Marsh with 10 metres to go, with the beaten Marsh just striding the final few steps over the line.


Gold Julius Korir
Silver Joseph Mahmoud
Bronze Brian Diemer
 United States


Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 8:05.4 Kenya Henry Rono Seattle (USA) May 13, 1978
Olympic Record 8:08.02 Sweden Anders Gärderud Montreal (CAN) July 28, 1976


Med 1.png  Julius Korir (KEN) 8:11.80
Med 2.png  Joseph Mahmoud (FRA) 8:13.31
Med 3.png  Brian Diemer (USA) 8:14.06
4.  Henry Marsh (USA) 8:14.25
5.  Colin Reitz (GBR) 8:15.48
6.  Domingo Ramón (ESP) 8:17.27
7.  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:17.47
8.  Pascal Debacker (FRA) 8:21.51
9.  Tommy Ekblom (FIN) 8:23.95
10.  Roger Hackney (GBR) 8:27.10
11.  Peter Renner (NZL) 8:29.81
12.  Fethi Baccouche (TUN) 8:43.40


  • Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final

1.  Domingo Ramón (ESP) 8:19.08
2.  Pascal Debacker (FRA) 8:20.34
3.  Tommy Ekblom (FIN) 8:20.54
4.  Henry Marsh (USA) 8:20.57
5.  Roger Hackney (GBR) 8:20.77
6.  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:21.07
7.  William Van Dijck (BEL) 8:23.08
8.  Paul Davies-Hale (GBR) 8:26.15
9.  Greg Duhaime (CAN) 8:26.32
10.  Franco Boffi (ITA) 8:30.82
11.  Liam O'Brien (IRL) 8:34.90
12.  Filippos Philippou (CYP) 8:39.47

1.  Julius Korir (KEN) 8:17.40
2.  Peter Renner (NZL) 8:18.12
3.  Brian Diemer (USA) 8:18.36
4.  Colin Reitz (GBR) 8:18.62
5.  Joseph Mahmoud (FRA) 8:18.62
6.  Fethi Baccouche (TUN) 8:18.70
7.  Peter Daenens (BEL) 8:21.77
8.  Emilio Ulloa (CHI) 8:28.99
9.  Francesco Panetta (ITA) 8:31.24
10.  Hans Koeleman (NED) 8:32.29
11.  John Gregorek (USA) 8:38.19
12.  Carmelo Ríos (PUR) 8:44.70

Qualifying heats[edit]

  • Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals

1.  Brian Diemer (USA) 8:25.92
2.  Domingo Ramón (ESP) 8:26.04
3.  Fethi Baccouche (TUN) 8:27.49
4.  William Van Dijck (BEL) 8:29.68
5.  Emilio Ulloa (CHI) 8:29.71
6.  Pascal Debacker (FRA) 8:30.35
7.  Paul Davies-Hale (GBR) 8:31.97
8.  Francesco Panetta (ITA) 8:37.05
9.  Kip Rono (KEN) 8:41.75
10.  Pedro Cáceres (ARG) 8:50.02
11.  Emmanuel M'Pioh (CGO) 9:05.58 (NR)
12.  Abdullah Azzan Al-Akbary (OMA) 10:22.96

1.  Julius Korir (KEN) 8:29.08
2.  Roger Hackney (GBR) 8:30.31
3.  Joseph Mahmoud (FRA) 8:30.85
4.  Hans Koeleman (NED) 8:31.34
5.  Greg Duhaime (CAN) 8:31.54
6.  Carmelo Ríos (PUR) 8:31.88
7.  Franco Boffi (ITA) 8:32.26
8.  John Gregorek (USA) 8:38.43
9.  Juan José Torres (ESP) 8:40.76
10.  Hector Begeo (PHI) 8:53.70
11.  Hugo Allan García (GUA) 9:02.41
12.  Ramón López (PAR) 9:36.36

1.  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:19.45
2.  Peter Renner (NZL) 8:22.95
3.  Peter Daenens (BEL) 8:28.26
4.  Henry Marsh (USA) 8:29.23
5.  Colin Reitz (GBR) 8:29.33
6.  Tommy Ekblom (FIN) 8:29.45
7.  Filippos Philippou (CYP) 8:30.09
8.  Liam O'Brien (IRL) 8:31.89
9.  Yehuda Zadok (ISR) 8:42.28
10.  Kim Ju-Ryong (KOR) 8:43.50
11.  Albert Marie (SEY) 9:32.30

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