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
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 21–24 August
Competitors 41 from 27 nations
Winning time 8:05.81
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.

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.[1][2]


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.[3]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Saifeldin, Khamis AbdullahKhamis Abdullah Saifeldin  Qatar 8:17.89 Q, SB
2 Kemboi, EzekielEzekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:18.20 Q
3 Tahri, BouabdellahBouabdellah Tahri  France 8:18.98 Q
4 Lincoln, DanielDaniel Lincoln  United States 8:19.62 q
5 Ezzine, AliAli Ezzine  Morocco 8:20.18 q
6 Martín, EliseoEliseo Martín  Spain 8:21.88 q
7 Popławski, RadosławRadosław Popławski  Poland 8:22.16 q, SB
8 Pröll, MartinMartin Pröll  Austria 8:26.01
9 Luchianov, IonIon Luchianov  Moldova 8:26.17 NR
10 Buč, BoštjanBoštjan Buč  Slovenia 8:37.29
11 Potapovich, PavelPavel Potapovich  Russia 8:52.65
12 Maffei, GiuseppeGiuseppe Maffei  Italy DNF
13 Mandje, RobertoRoberto Mandje  Equatorial Guinea DNS
13 Turki, LotfiLotfi Turki  Tunisia DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Kipruto, BriminBrimin Kipruto  Kenya 8:15.11 Q
2 Vroemen, SimonSimon Vroemen  Netherlands 8:15.28 Q, SB
3 Martín, Luis MiguelLuis Miguel Martín  Spain 8:16.90 Q
4 Mohamed, MustafaMustafa Mohamed  Sweden 8:19.37 q
5 Le Dauphin, VincentVincent Le Dauphin  France 8:20.13 q
6 Zakrzewski, JanJan Zakrzewski  Poland 8:23.72
7 Usov, RomanRoman Usov  Russia 8:24.19
8 Slobodenyuk, VadymVadym Slobodenyuk  Ukraine 8:24.84 PB
9 Chemlal, AbdelatifAbdelatif Chemlal  Morocco 8:29.36
10 Shiferaw, TewodrosTewodros Shiferaw  Ethiopia 8:33.15
11 Maazouz, AbdelhakimAbdelhakim Maazouz  Algeria 8:36.12
12 Gary, RobertRobert Gary  United States 8:38.01
13 Ramolefi, RubenRuben Ramolefi  South Africa 8:46.17
14 Ibrahim, BashirBashir Ibrahim  Kuwait 8:48.65 NR

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Obaid, Musa AmerMusa Amer Obaid  Qatar 8:23.94 Q
2 Jiménez, Antonio DavidAntonio David Jiménez  Spain 8:24.13 Q
3 Koech, Paul KipsielePaul Kipsiele Koech  Kenya 8:24.68 Q
4 Ouerdi, ZouhairZouhair Ouerdi  Morocco 8:27.55
5 Chaston, JustinJustin Chaston  Great Britain 8:28.35
6 Iwamizu, YoshitakaYoshitaka Iwamizu  Japan 8:29.07
7 Nowill, PeterPeter Nowill  Australia 8:29.14
8 Famiglietti, AnthonyAnthony Famiglietti  United States 8:31.59
9 Greaux, AlexanderAlexander Greaux  Puerto Rico 8:33.62
10 Svenøy, JimJim Svenøy  Norway 8:33.97
11 Silva, ManuelManuel Silva  Portugal 8:38.31
12 Wale, LulesegedLuleseged Wale  Ethiopia 8:50.73
13 Czaja, JakubJakub 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. ^ "Kenyans sweep steeplechase". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kenya monopolise steeplechase again". Eurosport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 3000m Steeplechase Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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