Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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The Men's 3000 metres Steeplechase at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme were held at Stadium Australia on Wednesday 27 September and Friday 29 September 2000.

The top four runners in each of the initial three heats automatically qualified for the final. The next three fastest runners from across the heats also qualified.

Over the previous couple of months, the two Moroccan runners Ali Ezzine and Brahim Boulami had proven they could run with the Kenyans in sub-8:04 races. That still was not in the range of the capability of World Record holder Bernard Barmasai or previous record holder Wilson Boit Kipketer. But the Kenyans did not assert the same dominance they had displayed in the previous three Olympics.

Less than 100 metres into the race, Damian Kallabis fell over the first barrier. A loud sound went off in the stadium as if the race had been recalled, but none of the runners stopped and Kallabis rushed to catch up with the back of the pack. The third Kenyan was Reuben Kosgei, who had won the Athletics Kenya World Championship Trials, not world #2 Moses Kiptanui. The Kenyan trio, took their position at the point of the pack, but Ezzine made it clear he was going to run with them, taking the lead a lap and a half into the race. The Kenyans immediately stopped fighting to keep the lead, Luis Miguel Martin, Ezzine and Simon Vroemen took their turns at the front. After another lap and a half, Kosgei and Kipketer had had enough and moved back into the lead, taking Günther Weidlinger in their move to the front, with Barmasai, Boulami and Eliseo Martin at the back of the group of leaders. With a lap and a half to go, Eliseo Martin went around the pack to challenge Kosgei for the lead. Kosgei sped up just enough to discourage him. Then the Kenyan trio made the push to the front, just past a lap to go, all three were at the front, but Ezzine was right there with them. On the backstretch, Luis Miguel Martin made a rush to the front, again Kosgei wouldn't let him go by. Over the water jump, with all Kenyans taking it as conservatively as the rest of the field Kosgei and Martin arrived at the head of the straightaway almost together, with Kipketer and Barmasai right behind them. When the sprinting started, Martin could not go with them. Kipketer went around the outside, past Martin and into the lead over the last barrier. Kipketer had the advantage shoulder to shoulder with Kosgei, the two collided, Kipketer losing his balance and flailing as Kosgei took the lead back.sprinting to the finish. Kipketer struggled to cross the line in second, while Barmasai was falling further behind, passed by a sprinting Ezzine just before the line.

Records[edit]

World and Olympic records prior to the Games.

World Record 7:55.72 Bernard Barmasai Kenya Cologne, Germany 24 August 1997
Olympic Record 8:05.51 Julius Kariuki Kenya Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Med 1.png Silver: Med 2.png Bronze: Med 3.png
Reuben Kosgei,  Kenya Wilson Boit Kipketer,  Kenya Ali Ezzine,  Morocco

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • AR denotes area/continental record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Qualifying heats[edit]

Heat 1 of 3
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane/Order Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 5 Reuben Kosgei  Kenya 4 8:23.17 Q
2 7 Ali Ezzine  Morocco 5 8:23.79 Q
3 10 Günther Weidlinger  Austria 12 8:24.07 Q
4 13 Eliseo Martin  Spain 6 8:24.97 Q
5 16 Mark Croghan  United States 11 8:25.88
6 22 Bouabdellah Tahri  France 13 8:34.69
7 25 Maru Daba  Ethiopia 7 8:35.34
8 27 Florin Ionescu  Romania 3 8:37.44
9 29 Sergiy Redko  Ukraine 1 8:40.51
10 32 Christian Stephenson  Great Britain 8 8:46.66
11 35 Mourad Benslimani  Algeria 2 8:59.07
12 36 Chris Unthank  Australia 9 9:11.19
13 39 Primo Higa  Solomon Islands 10 9:44.12
Heat 2 of 3
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane/Order Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 4 Bernard Barmasai  Kenya 6 8:23.08 Q
2 6 Jim Svenøy  Norway 8 8:23.61 Q SB
3 8 Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin  Qatar 11 8:23.94 Q
4 9 Luis Miguel Martin  Spain 3 8:24.04 Q
5 12 Damian Kallabis  Germany 4 8:24.48 q
6 14 Gael Pencreach  France 13 8:25.35 q
7 17 Joël Bourgeois  Canada 1 8:28.07
8 20 Christian Belz  Switzerland 3 8:33.45
9 21 Rafal Wojcik  Poland 9 8:33.51
10 24 Anthony Cosey  United States 10 8:35.25
11 31 El Arbi Khattabi  Morocco 7 8:43.46
12 38 Giorgios Giannelis  Greece 5 9:19.14
Stathis Stasi  Cyprus 2 DNF
Heat 3 of 3
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane/Order Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Laid Bessou  Algeria 1 8:21.14 Q
2 2 Wilson Boit Kipketer  Kenya 5 8:22.07 Q
3 3 Simon Vroemen  Netherlands 9 8:22.13 Q
4 11 Brahim Boulami  Morocco 6 8:24.43 Q
5 15 Manuel Silva  Portugal 14 8:25.70 q
6 18 Pascal Dobert  United States 3 8:29.52
7 19 Justin Chaston  Great Britain 4 8:31.01
8 23 Lotfi Turki  Tunisia 12 8:34.84
9 26 Salvador Miranda  Mexico 8 8:35.79
10 28 Marco Cepeda  Spain 2 8:40.01
11 30 Iaroslav Musinschi  Moldova 7 8:42.04
12 33 Giuseppe Maffei  Italy 13 8:48.88
13 34 Vladimir Pronin  Russia 11 8:57.69
14 37 Eduardo Buenavista  Philippines 10 9:13.71

Overall Results Round 1

Semi-Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane/Order Place Time Qual. Record
1 Laid Bessou  Algeria 3 1 1 8:21.14 Q
2 Wilson Boit Kipketer  Kenya 3 5 2 8:22.07 Q
3 Simon Vroemen  Netherlands 3 9 3 8:22.13 Q
4 Bernard Barmasai  Kenya 2 6 1 8:23.08 Q
5 Reuben Kosgei  Kenya 1 4 1 8:23.17 Q
6 Jim Svenøy  Norway 2 8 2 8:23:61 Q SB
7 Ali Ezzine  Morocco 1 5 2 8:23.79 Q
8 Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin  Qatar 2 11 2 8:23.94 Q
9 Luis Miguel Martin  Spain 2 3 4 8:24.04 Q
10 Günther Weidlinger  Austria 1 12 3 8:24.07 Q
11 Brahim Boulami  Morocco 3 6 4 8:24.43 Q
12 Damian Kallabis  Germany 2 4 5 8:24.48 Q
13 Eliseo Martin  Spain 1 6 4 8:24.97 Q
14 Gael Pencreach  France 2 13 6 8:25.35 q
15 Manuel Silva  Portugal 3 14 15 8:25.70 q
16 Mark Croghan  United States 1 11 5 8:25.88
17 Joël Bourgeois  Canada 2 1 7 8:28.07
18 Pascal Dobert  United States 3 3 6 8:29.52
19 Justin Chaston  Great Britain 3 4 7 8:31.01
20 Christian Belz  Switzerland 2 12 8 8:33.45
21 Rafal Wojcik  Poland 2 9 9 8:33.51
22 Bouabdellah Tahri  France 1 13 6 8:34.69
23 Lotfi Turki  Tunisia 3 12 8 8:34.84
24 Anthony Cosey  United States 2 10 10 8:35.25
25 Maru Daba  Ethiopia 1 7 7 8:35.34
26 Salvador Miranda  Mexico 3 8 9 8:35.79
27 Florin Ionescu  Romania 1 3 8 8:37.44
28 Marco Cepeda  Spain 3 2 10 8:40.01
29 Sergiy Redko  Ukraine 1 1 9 8:40.51
30 Iaroslav Musinschi  Moldova 3 7 11 8:42.04
31 El Arbi Khattabi  Morocco 2 7 11 8:43.46
32 Christian Stephenson  Great Britain 1 8 10 8:46.66
33 Giuseppe Maffei  Italy 3 13 12 8:48.88
34 Vladimir Pronin  Russia 3 11 13 8:57.69
35 Mourad Benslimani  Algeria 1 2 11 8:59.07
36 Chris Unthank  Australia 1 9 12 9:11.19
37 Eduardo Buenavista  Philippines 3 10 14 9:13.71
38 Giorgios Giannelis  Greece 2 5 12 9:19.14
39 Primo Higa  Solomon Islands 1 10 13 9:44.12
Stathis Stasi  Cyprus 2 2 DNF

Finals[edit]

Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Lane/Order Time Record
1 Reuben Kosgei  Kenya 15 8:21.43
2 Wilson Boit Kipketer  Kenya 14 8:21.77
3 Ali Ezzine  Morocco 13 8:22.15
4 Bernard Barmasai  Kenya 11 8:22.23
5 Luis Miguel Martin  Spain 12 8:22.75
6 Eliseo Martin  Spain 1 8:23:00
7 Brahim Boulami  Morocco 1 8:24.32
8 Günther Weidlinger  Austria 3 8:26.70
9 Jim Svenøy  Norway 7 8:27.20
10 Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin  Qatar 6 8:30.89
11 Laid Bessou  Algeria 8 8:33.07
12 Simon Vroemen  Netherlands 9 8:37.87
13 Manuel Silva  Portugal 2 8:38.63
14 Gael Pencreach  France 5 8:41.19
15 Damian Kallabis  Germany 10 9:09.78


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