Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 3000 metres steeplechase
|Women's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
3000 meters steeple final on 6 August
|Competitors||44 from 26 nations|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
From the gun in the final, reigning world champion Yuliya Zaripova sprinted out to the lead and dictated the pace. But rather than continuing to accelerate, she slowed, with the rest of the field bunching behind with nobody willing to go around. The pack slowly disintegrated by attrition. With 3 laps to go a group of seven had separated, including all three Ethiopians, plus Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge and Habiba Ghribi, all still behind Zaripova. On the 6th lap, defending champion and World Record holder Gulnara Galkina, already off the back, made a right turn and stepped off the track. The pace quickened, losing Etenesh Diro and Njoroge at the water jump. Zaripova just continued to accelerate. On the back stretch Ghribi looked to be clear of the other three but almost put her hand out so as not to pass Zaripova. From that point, Zaripova just extended her lead with Ghribi clearly in second place. Sofia Assefa broke away from her teammate Hiwot Ayalew. Down the home stretch Cheywa made a late run but Assefa held on for the bronze medal.Compared to the previous year's world championships, the first two medalists were the same, Zaripova a second faster for her personal record, Ghribi was 3 seconds faster for her Tunisian national record, and Assefa 19 seconds faster to push Cheywa off the podium.
On 24 March 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified Yuliya Zaripova's results from 20 July 2011 to 25 July 2013, which included the Olympics. On 4 June 2016, Tunisian Habiba Ghribi was awarded with the olympic gold medal in a ceremony in Rades, Tunisia, presented by IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel.
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Gulnara Galkina (RUS)||8:58.81||Beijing, China||17 August 2008|
|2012 World leading||Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN)||9:07.14||Oslo, Norway||7 June 2012|
|Saturday, 4 August 2012||11:35||Round 1|
|Monday, 6 August 2012||21:05||Finals|
Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.
|1||Gesa Felicitas Krause||Germany||9:24.91||PB||Q|
|3||Milcah Chemos Cheywa||Kenya||9:27.09||Q|
|6||Barbara Parker||Great Britain||9:32.07|
|11||Salima El Ouali Alami||Morocco||9:44.62|
|12||Shalaya Kipp||United States||9:48.33|
|3||Emma Coburn||United States||9:27.51||Q|
|8||Lydia Chebet Rotich||Kenya||9:42.03|
|12||Beverly Ramos||Puerto Rico||9:55.26|
|3||Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge||Kenya||9:25.99||Q|
|5||Bridget Franek||United States||9:29.86||q|
|9||Eilish McColgan||Great Britain||9:54.36|
|Milcah Chemos Cheywa||Kenya||9:09.88|
|7||Gesa Felicitas Krause||Germany||9:23.52||PB|
|8||Emma Coburn||United States||9:23.54||PB|
|9||Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge||Kenya||9:26.73|
|12||Bridget Franek||United States||9:45.51|
|DSQ||Yuliya Zaripova||Russia||9:06.72||WL, PB|
1 On 24 March 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified Yuliya Zaripova for doping and confirmed that she would be stripped of her gold medal. On 4 June 2016 the gold medal was officially reallocated to second place Habiba Ghribi from Tunisia by the IOC and IAAF updated the results. Marta Dominguez from Spain has been disqualified too.
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Russia's Zaripova wins women's steeplechase". Guardian UK. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Ghribi receives Olympic and world gold medals". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- Format Competition – Athletics
- "3000m steeplechase women results – Athletics – London 2012".
- "3000 METRES STEEPLECHASE WOMEN". IAAF. Retrieved 13 July 2016.