Athletics at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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These are the official results of the men's 3000 metres steeplechase event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total number of 33 participating athletes, with four qualifying heats.

At the gun, it seemed like the rest of the world came to run, while the Kenyan team were just tagging along. Starting off slowly, all three Kenyans casually jogged around the outside of the pack and towards the front. William Mutwol continued, breaking away to as much as a 10 metre lead, with Elarbi Khattabi the only one to bridge the gap. On the next lap, Matthew Birir, running in fourth place, went down on the track, but Birir righted himself quickly and was back on his feet before the back of the strung out field had passed him. Within two more barriers, he was back in the same fourth place position. By the time they reached the same spot on the track where Birir fell, he was in third place as the tail of the three man Kenyan breakaway. Over the next two laps, the only athlete seriously marking the Kenyans was Alessandro Lambruschini. Just after two laps to go, Patrick Sang edged ahead of Mutwol with Lambruschini gaining a little ground between barriers and losing the same amount each time he went over one. With a lap to go, Birir moved into the lead and the Kenyan sweep simply pulled away from Lambruschini, with the rest of the field already disappeared behind. No drama, no hurdling the water jump, no challenges, not even any sprinting. Lambruschini finished fourth for the second Olympics in a row, more than 25 metres behind Mutwol.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Matthew Birir
 Kenya
Silver Patrick Sang
 Kenya
Bronze William Mutwol
 Kenya

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 8:05.35 Kenya Peter Koech Stockholm (SWE) July 3, 1989
Olympic Record 8:05.51 Kenya Julius Kariuki Seoul (KOR) September 30, 1988

Final[edit]

  • Held on August 7, 1992
RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Matthew Birir (KEN) 8:08.84
Med 2.png  Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:09.55
Med 3.png  William Mutwol (KEN) 8:10.74
4.  Alessandro Lambruschini (ITA) 8:15.52
5.  Steffen Brand (GER) 8:16.60
6.  Tom Hanlon (GBR) 8:18.14
7.  Brian Diemer (USA) 8:18.77
8.  Azzedine Brahmi (ALG) 8:20.71
9.  William Van Dijck (BEL) 8:22.51
10.  Elarbi Khattabi (MAR) 8:23.82
11.  Clodoaldo Lopes do Carmo (BRA) 8:25.92
12.  Ricardo Vera (URU) 8:26.35

Semifinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Matthew Birir (KEN) 8:25.55
2.  Steffen Brand (GER) 8:26.12
3.  Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:26.46
4.  William Van Dijck (BEL) 8:26.70
5.  Tom Hanlon (GBR) 8:26.91
6.  Ricardo Vera (URU) 8:27.46
7.  Mark Croghan (USA) 8:30.15
8.  Tom Buckner (GBR) 8:32.89
9.  Ville Hautala (FIN) 8:33.69
10.  João Junqueira (POR) 8:39.17
11.  Daniel Lopez (USA) 8:41.28
12.  Joseph Mahmoud (FRA) 8:52.00


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  William Mutwol (KEN) 8:19.83
2.  Clodoaldo Lopes do Carmo (BRA) 8:20.46
3.  Brian Diemer (USA) 8:23.30
4.  Alessandro Lambruschini (ITA) 8:23.56
5.  Azzedine Brahmi (ALG) 8:25.85
6.  Elarbi Khattabi (MAR) 8:27.00
7.  Vladimir Golias (EUN) 8:30.26
8.  Colin Walker (GBR) 8:34.82
9.  Mohammed Al-Dossary (KSA) 8:36.38
10.  Whaddon Niewoudt (RSA) 8:37.99
11.  Hagen Melzer (GER) 8:38.07
12.  Thierry Brusseau (FRA) 8:42.48

Heats[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  William Mutwol (KEN) 8:26.23
2.  Brian Diemer (USA) 8:28.88
3.  Colin Walker (GBR) 8:29.34
4.  Steffen Brand (GER) 8:30.03
5.  Vladimir Golias (EUN) 8:32.49
6.  Thierry Brusseau (FRA) 8:33.10
7.  Ville Hautala (FIN) 8:34.10
8.  Michael Buchleitner (AUT) 8:40.46
9.  Graeme Fell (CAN) 8:50.87
10.  Prakash Davendra Singh (FIJ) 9:07.49
 Abdelaziz Sahere (MAR) DNS


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Matthew Birir (KEN) 8:23.22
2.  Clodoaldo Lopes do Carmo (BRA) 8:26.31
3.  William Van Dijck (BEL) 8:27.23
4.  Azzeddine Brahmi (ALG) 8:28.01
5.  Tom Buckner (GBR) 8:28.36
6.  Elarbi Khattabi (MAR) 8:28.50
7.  Daniel Lopez (USA) 8:29.01
8.  Hagen Melzer (GER) 8:31.89
9.  Mohammed Al-Dossary (KSA) 8:36.73
10.  Ivan Konovalov (EUN) 8:58.04
11.  Hector Begeo (PHI) 9:14.48


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:27.01
2.  Tom Hanlon (GBR) 8:27.46
3.  Ricardo Vera (URU) 8:27.71
4.  Mark Croghan (USA) 8:28.15
5.  Alessandro Lambruschini (ITA) 8:29.64
6.  Joseph Mahmoud (FRA) 8:30.54
7.  Whaddon Niewoudt (RSA) 8:30.61
8.  João Junqueira (POR) 8:32.68
9.  Hamid Sajjadi (IRI) 8:36.87
10.  Marcelo Cascabelo (ARG) 8:38.89
11.  Jamal Abdi Hassan (QAT) 8:54.98

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