Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates21–24 August
Competitors41 from 27 nations
Winning time8:05.81
1st, gold medalist(s) Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Brimin Kipruto  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya
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The men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 21 to 24.[1] The athletes competed in a three-heat qualifying round in which the top three from each heat, together with the six fastest losing runners, were given a place in the final race.

The Kenyan dominance in this event had become well notable. In the final, the Kenyan trio of Brimin Kipruto, Paul Kipsiele Koech, and 2003 World silver medalist Ezekiel Kemboi had established themselves into the lead, supporting each other throughout the race, and running the pace with their own strategy and tactics that could not be matched by any other athlete. On the other hand, Qatar's (Kenyan born) Musa Amer Obaid trailed the Kenyans to keep in contact and follow their every move. At the bell, the Kenyans were able to stay at the front. Spaniard Luis Miguel Martín joined them and tried to launch his sprint to chase the leaders, but he quickly fell behind as the race began to accelerate. Koech took the lead for the Kenyans and opened up a gap through the water jump, before Kemboi moved decisively to pass him and came down the home straight smoothly to victory. Kemboi turned to wave on his teammates Kipruto and Koech, as they cleared the final barrier and sprinted away jubilantly to give the Kenyans a sweep of the medal podium for the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.[2][3]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Brahim Boulami (MAR) 7:55.28 Brussels, Belgium 24 August 2001
Olympic record  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:05.52 Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 3000 metres steeplechase, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 8:24.60 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 8:32.00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 22:05 Round 1
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 21:40 Final


Round 1[edit]

Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next six fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.[4]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin  Qatar 8:17.89 Q, SB
2 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:18.20 Q
3 Bouabdellah Tahri  France 8:18.98 Q
4 Daniel Lincoln  United States 8:19.62 q
5 Ali Ezzine  Morocco 8:20.18 q
6 Eliseo Martín  Spain 8:21.88 q
7 Radosław Popławski  Poland 8:22.16 q, SB
8 Martin Pröll  Austria 8:26.01
9 Ion Luchianov  Moldova 8:26.17 NR
10 Boštjan Buč  Slovenia 8:37.29
11 Pavel Potapovich  Russia 8:52.65
Giuseppe Maffei  Italy DNF
Roberto Mandje  Equatorial Guinea DNS
Lotfi Turki  Tunisia DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Brimin Kipruto  Kenya 8:15.11 Q
2 Simon Vroemen  Netherlands 8:15.28 Q, SB
3 Luis Miguel Martín  Spain 8:16.90 Q
4 Mustafa Mohamed  Sweden 8:19.37 q
5 Vincent Le Dauphin  France 8:20.13 q
6 Jan Zakrzewski  Poland 8:23.72
7 Roman Usov  Russia 8:24.19
8 Vadym Slobodenyuk  Ukraine 8:24.84 PB
9 Abdelatif Chemlal  Morocco 8:29.36
10 Tewodros Shiferaw  Ethiopia 8:33.15
11 Abdelhakim Maazouz  Algeria 8:36.12
12 Robert Gary  United States 8:38.01
13 Ruben Ramolefi  South Africa 8:46.17
14 Bashar Omar  Kuwait 8:48.65 NR

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Musa Amer Obaid  Qatar 8:23.94 Q
2 Antonio David Jiménez  Spain 8:24.13 Q
3 Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 8:24.68 Q
4 Zouhair El-Ouardi  Morocco 8:27.55
5 Justin Chaston  Great Britain 8:28.35
6 Yoshitaka Iwamizu  Japan 8:29.07
7 Peter Nowill  Australia 8:29.14
8 Anthony Famiglietti  United States 8:31.59
9 Alexander Greaux  Puerto Rico 8:33.62
10 Jim Svenøy  Norway 8:33.97
11 Manuel Silva  Portugal 8:38.31
12 Luleseged Wale  Ethiopia 8:50.73
13 Jakub Czaja  Poland 8:56.24



Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:05.81 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) Brimin Kipruto  Kenya 8:06.11
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Paul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 8:06.64
4 Musa Amer Obaid  Qatar 8:07.18 PB
5 Luis Miguel Martín  Spain 8:11.64 SB
6 Simon Vroemen  Netherlands 8:13.25 SB
7 Bouabdellah Tahri  France 8:14.26 SB
8 Ali Ezzine  Morocco 8:15.58
9 Eliseo Martín  Spain 8:15.77 SB
10 Vincent Le Dauphin  France 8:16.15 SB
11 Daniel Lincoln  United States 8:16.86
12 Radosław Popławski  Poland 8:17.32 PB
13 Mustafa Mohamed  Sweden 8:18.05 PB
14 Antonio David Jiménez  Spain 8:22.63
15 Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin  Qatar 8:36.66


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens: Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Kenyans sweep steeplechase". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Kenya monopolise steeplechase again". Eurosport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 3000m Steeplechase Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

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