Kerry O'Brien (athlete)

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Kerry O'Brien
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Australia
Representing  Australia
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston 3000 m Steeple

Kerry O'Brien (born 17 April 1946) is a former track and field athlete from Australia, who competed in the middle-distance running events. He was born in Port Augusta, South Australia. He represented his native country at two consecutive Commonwealth Games from 1966 and two Summer Olympics from 1968.[1]

O'Brien was the world record holder in the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase for more than two years (1970–1972), setting a time of 8:21.98 at Berlin on 4 July 1970.[2] At the 1970 Commonwealth Games, O'Brien fell at the final water-jump, while leading, and failed to finish the race.[1] He also fell during the 1972 Olympics. He retired in 1973 with a total of nine Australian Championships to his credit. He won one cross country title, one 5000 metres title and seven steeplechase championships.[1]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Kingston, Jamaica 8th 1 mile
British Empire and Commonwealth Games Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 3000 m steeplechase
1968 Olympic Games Mexico City, Mexico 4th 3000 m steeplechase
1969 Pacific Conference Games Tokyo, Japan 1st 3000 m steeplechase
1970 British Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 8th 10,000 m
British Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland DNF 3000 m steeplechase
1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany DNF 3000 m steeplechase
1973 Pacific Conference Games Toronto, Canada 1st 3000 m steeplechase


  1. ^ a b c Profile,; accessed 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ Athletics Australia - list of Australian world record holders
Preceded by
Vladimir Dudin
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
world record holder

4 July 1970 – 14 September 1972
Succeeded by
Anders Gärderud
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jouko Kuha
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
best year performance

Succeeded by
Anders Gärderud