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1960 Olympic Games Roma, Italy - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Roma, Italy Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 3, 1960
(Competitors: 32; Countries: 21; Finalists: 9)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Overview by IAAF  1960_olympico_stadio1.jpg
Sokolov (8:43.57), Krzyszkowiak (8:49.86) – the favourite, and Rzhishchin (8:48.34) were the heat winners, with George Young (USA) the fastest non-qualifier with 8:50.93. Konov set the pace in the final, held in 30°C weather, passing 1000m in a fast 2:45.0, and Sokolov took over the lead in the second kilometre, but let the pace drop, passing 2000m in 5:45.8, with Roelants and Krzyszkowiak on his heels. At the bell Sokolov led by 5m from Krzyszkowiak, with Rzhishchin a further 10m behind. The Pole, European 5000m and m Champion, was clearly the man in form. He went past Sokolov with 250m to go, and won comfortably, some three seconds off his world record, with Sokolov well clear of Rzhishchin for the minor medals.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorite was Poland’s Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak who had set the world record of 8:31.4 in June 1960. That broke the mark of his countryman, Jerzy Chromik, who was the 1958 European Champion. Krzyszkowiak had won the 5K and 10K at that meet but had now turned to the steeplechase. In the final, Soviet Nikolay Sokolov led at the bell but was easily run down by Krzyszkowiak.
 

3,000 Steeplechase 

In the summer leading up to the Games, Krzyszkowiak had recently established himself as the favorite, improving his 1959 time of 8:46.4 to 8:31.3 when he beat Sokolov of the USSR (8:32.4). In 1958 the pole had run 8:33.6. He was the fasest steeplechaser on the flat; his hurdling not up to the highest standards. 

Three heats were needed to break down the number of entrants from 35 to nine. Sokolov led for the whole of the first heat; his 8:43.2 gave him a five-seconds lead over Swede Tjornebo. The second heat was tighter, but Krzyszkowiak and Muller (both 8:49.6) were in control. Behind them Konov held off George Young, who had fallen with three laps to go. The last heat was tight too, with German 8:34 runner Buhl eliminated with 8:49.6 behind Rzhishchin (8:48.0), Jones and Roelants. 

There were three Russians in the final, and it quickly became clear that they wanted to draw out Krzyszkowiak. Konov lead for the first K in 2:45—very fast in the 30c heat (8:15 pace). Krzyszkowiak wisely stayed off the pace, running in the middle of the field. The pace slowed considerably in the second K (3:00.8) as Sokolov took over the lead. This move by Sokolov made Krzyszkowiak move up to third because he feared the Russian most of all. But the Pole had little to worry about. He was able to move ahead on the backstretch of the last lap and finish with a comfortable 2.2 margin. Clearly he was in 8:30 form, and thanks to his speed on the flat was in a class of his own in this race. This race was also notable for the breakthrough in this race for the next Olympic champion in 1964: Gaston Roelants had improved his Belgian record three times in June and July (8:55.4, 8:54.4 and 8:45.8) and had run close to his PB with 8:49.4, to qualify for the final.

1. Krzyszkowiak POL 8:34.2; 2. Sokolov USSR 8:36.4; 3. Rzhishchin USSR 8:42.2; 4. Roelants BEL 8:47.6; 5. Tjornebo SWE 8:58.6; 6. Muller GER 9:01.6.

 

 
Results
3000 m steeple Men Final 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.34.30 Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Poland POL 31 OR 8.34.2 h
2 8.36.55 Nikolay Sokolov Soviet Union URS 29 8.36.4 h
3 8.42.34 Semyon Rzhishchin Soviet Union URS 27 8.42.2 h
4 8.47.85 Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 23 8.47.6 h
5 8.58.87 Gunnar Karlsson-Tjörnebo Sweden SWE 33 8.58.6 h
6 9.01.57 Ludwig Müller Germany GER 28 9.01.6 h
7 9.18.22 Deacon Jones United States USA 25 9.18.2 h
8 9.18.23 Aleksey Konov Soviet Union URS 22 9.18.2 h
AC DNF Hans Hüneke Germany GER 26
3000 m steeple Men Round One Heat One 1 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.43.56 Q Nikolay Sokolov Soviet Union URS 29 8.43.2 h
2 8.48.77 Q Gunnar Karlsson-Tjörnebo Sweden SWE 33 8.48.6 h
3 8.50.59 Q Hans Hüneke Germany GER 26 8.50.4 h
4 8.51.46 Georgios Papavasileiou Greece GRE 29 8.51.2 h
5 8.56.72 Phil Coleman United States USA 29 8.56.6 h
6 9.00.07 Vlastimil Brlica Czechoslovakia TCH 31 8.59.8 h
7 9.02.79 Attila Simon Hungary HUN 21 9.02.6 h
8 9.04.23 Guy Texereau France FRA 25 9.03.8 h
9 9.11.8 Walter Kammermann Switzerland SUI 28
10 9.14.8 Eric Shirley Great Britain GBR 31
11 9.30.2 Joaquim Ferreira Portugal POR 23
3000 m steeple Men Round One Heat Two 1 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.49.92 Q Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Poland POL 31 8.49.6 h
2 8.49.86 Q Ludwig Müller Germany GER 28 8.49.6 h
3 8.50.19 Q Aleksey Konov Soviet Union URS 22 8.50.0 h
4 8.50.93 George Young United States USA 23 8.50.8 h
5 8.53.01 Bohumír Zháňal Czechoslovakia TCH 28 8.52.8 h
6 8.53.24 Dave Chapman Great Britain GBR 24 8.53.0 h
7 9.04.91 Pentti Karvonen Finland FIN 29 9.04.8 h
8 9.12.8 José Fernández Spain ESP 27
9 9.20.0 Mubarak Shah Pakistan PAK 30
10 9.38.0 Alfredo Tinoco Mexico MEX 26
3000 m steeple Men Round One Heat Three 1 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.48.11 Q Semyon Rzhishchin Soviet Union URS 27 8.48.0 h
2 8.49.32 Q Deacon Jones United States USA 25 8.49.2 h
3 8.49.52 Q Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 23 8.49.4 h
4 8.49.56 Hermann Buhl Germany GER 25 8.49.6 h
5 8.52.94 Lage Tedenby Sweden SWE 23 8.52.8 h
6 8.55.68 Franc Hafner Yugoslavia YUG 24 8.55.4 h
7 9.06.68 Jerzy Chromik Poland POL 29 9.06.2 h
8 9.10.68 Michael Palmer Great Britain GBR 24 9.10.4 h
9 9.12.4 Gerhart Hecker Hungary HUN 26
10 9.14.6 Cahit Önel Turkey TUR 32
11 9.29.4 Mohamed Lahcen Morocco MAR
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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