Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–5 August
Competitors 39 from 27 nations
Winning time 8:18.56
1st, gold medalist(s) Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Abel Mutai  Kenya
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The Men's 3000 metres steeplechase competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–5 August.[1]

The steeplechase has become a national event of Kenya. Their team tactics dominate major championship races. For the first 5 laps, they let others dominate the lead, primarily led by Americans Donald Cabral and Evan Jager. Then the Kenyans decided to move as a team, leaving the field to chase. With less than 800 metres to go, Ugandan Benjamin Kiplagat got tangled up on a barrier and fell flat on his face, the runners behind him having to scramble. 200 metres later, Kenyan Brimin Kipruto fell. Though he quickly scrambled to his feet, that effectively ruined the chances for a Kenyan sweep. Still the other two led through the final lap. Former gold medalist and multiple world champion Ezekiel Kemboi pulled away off the front. As Abel Mutai began to falter, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad sprinted past to repeat his silver medal. Kemboi's lead was secure and after clearing the final barrier, he began to celebrate, drifting out to lane 8 by the time he crossed the finish line.

After the finish, Kemboi did the victory dance he has become known for. He and Mekhissi-Benabbad exchanged jerseys and the diminutive Kemboi leaped into the much larger Mekhissi-Benabbad's arms.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 3000 m steeplechase competition consists of heats (Round 1) and a Final.[2]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 13:00 Round 1
Sunday, 5 August 2012 21:25 Finals


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

World record  Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 Brussels, Belgium 3 September 2004
Olympic record  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:05.51 Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988
2012 World leading  Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN) 7:54.31 Rome, Italy 31 May 2012

The following National records were set during this competition.

Turkey National Record  Tarik Langat Akdag (TUR) 8:17.85 s
Venezuela National Record  José Peña (VEN) 8:24.06 s


Round 1[edit]


Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  France 8:16.23 Q
2 Evan Jager  United States 8:16.61 Q
3 Abel Mutai  Kenya 8:17.70 Q
4 Tarik Langat Akdag  Turkey 8:17.85 Q, NR
5 Nahom Mesfin Tariku  Ethiopia 8:18.16 q, SB
6 Benjamin Kiplagat  Uganda 8:18.44 q
7 Amor Ben Yahia  Tunisia 8:22.70 PB
8 José Peña  Venezuela 8:24.06 NR
9 Ali Ahmed Al-Amri  Saudi Arabia 8:26.22 SB
10 Hicham Sigueni  Morocco 8:35.89
11 Angel Mullera  Spain 8:38.07
12 Alberto Paulo  Portugal 8:40.74
13 Steffen Uliczka  Germany 8:41.08

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Brimin Kipruto  Kenya 8:28.62 Q
2 Yuri Floriani  Italy 8:29.01 Q
3 Brahim Taleb  Morocco 8:29.02 Q
4 Jukka Keskisalo  Finland 8:29.13 Q
5 Nikolay Chavkin  Russia 8:29.72
6 Youcef Abdi  Australia 8:29.81
7 Jacob Araptany  Uganda 8:35.85
8 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieux  France 8:36.96
9 Kyle Alcorn  United States 8:37.11
10 Artem Kosinov  Kazakhstan 8:42.27
11 Mario Bazan  Peru 8:51.95
12 Abdelaziz Merzougui  Spain 8:58.20
- Birhan Getahun  Ethiopia DNF

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Roba Gari  Ethiopia 8:20.68 Q
2 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:20.97 Q
3 Hamid Ezzine  Morocco 8:21.25 Q
4 Donald Cabral  United States 8:21.46 Q
5 Ion Luchianov  Moldova 8:22.09 q, SB
6 Mohamed Khaled Belabbas  Algeria 8:22.32 SB
7 Alex Genest  Canada 8:22.62 SB
8 Vadym Slobodenyuk  Ukraine 8:23.35
9 Łukasz Parszczyński  Poland 8:30.08
10 Weynay Ghebresilasie  Eritrea 8:37.57
11 Albert Minczér  Hungary 8:40.74 SB
12 Stuart Stokes  Great Britain 8:43.04
- Víctor Garcia  Spain DNF



Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya 8:18.56
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  France 8:19.08
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Abel Mutai  Kenya 8:19.73
4 Roba Gari  Ethiopia 8:20.00
5 Brimin Kipruto  Kenya 8:23.03
6 Evan Jager  United States 8:23.87
7 Hamid Ezzine  Morocco 8:24.90
8 Donald Cabral  United States 8:25.91
9 Tarik Langat Akdag  Turkey 8:27.64
10 Ion Luchianov  Moldova 8:28.15
11 Brahim Taleb  Morocco 8:32.40
12 Nahom Mesfin Tariku  Ethiopia 8:35.12
13 Yuri Floriani  Italy 8:40.07
Jukka Keskisalo  Finland DNF
Benjamin Kiplagat  Uganda DQ R 163.3b*

* Infringement of the inside border.


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Men's 3000m Steeplechase". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "3000 metres steeplechase men's Heats". Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "3000 metres steeplechase men's Final". Retrieved 5 August 2012.