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1964 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Tokyo, Japan Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 15, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964
(Competitors: 29; Countries: 19; Finalists: 10)
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Overview by IAAF  1964_olympic_stadium.jpg
De Oliveira won the first heat in 8:40.8, before Herriott (8:33.0) and then Aleksejūnas (8:31.8) broke the Olympic record in the other heats. However, it was Roelants who was the favourite, having won his previous 27 races since 1961. The Belgian led by 5m at the end of the first lap, and though the field closed to 0.2 seconds behind at 1000m, Roelants surged in the fifth lap and by 2000m was 12m ahead of his nearest pursuer Texereau. Young was 10m behind the Frenchman, and Herriott was seventh. Roelants went away from the field with 2 laps to go, and led by 40m with a lap to go. He extended the lead by 10m in the next half-lap, but eased back in the last 200m, partially through fatigue, but was still 10m clear of the fast-finishing Herriott at the finish. Belyayev and de Oliveira moved up to overtake Young, second at the bell.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Gaston Roelants (BEL) was favored, having won the 1962 European Championship and broken the world at a meet in Leuven, Belgium in September 1963, running 8:29.6. He had not been beaten in the event since 1961. He took the early lead in the final, leading by five metres at the first kilometer. The field closed slightly but he then surged and had a 12 metre lead after two kilometers. He was comfortably ahead by the last lap, and eased up but still won quite easily over Maurice Herriott (GBR) the silver medalist at the 1962 Commonwealth Games.
 
 
Results
3000 m steeple Men Final 17 October
Alexeiunas could not match his record-setting pace from the heats, falling to 7th in the final. Herriott, who had set the record Alexeiunas had broken, improved on his own time but could not reach Alexeiunas's record as he placed second. Roelants, the world record-holder who had run behind Alexeiunas in the heat, turned out victorious in the final, breaking the Soviet's record by a full second to set a third new record in the event.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.30.8 Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 27 OR
2 8.32.4 Maurice Herriott Great Britain GBR 25
3 8.33.8 Ivan Bieliaiev Soviet Union URS 29
4 8.36.2 Manuel de Oliveira Portugal POR 23
5 8.38.2 George Young United States USA 27
6 8.38.6 Guy Texereau France FRA 29
7 8.39.0 Adolfas Aleksejūnas Soviet Union URS 27
8 8.41.8 Lars-Erik Gustafsson Sweden SWE 26
9 8.43.6 Ben Assou El-Ghazi Morocco MAR
10 8.43.8 Ernie Pomfret Great Britain GBR 23
3000 m steeple Men Round One Heat One 15 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.40.8 Q Manuel de Oliveira Portugal POR 23
2 8.42.0 Q Ivan Bieliaiev Soviet Union URS 29
3 8.42.8 Q Ben Assou El-Ghazi Morocco MAR
4 8.43.6 Vic Zwolak United States USA 25
5 8.50.0 Zenji Okuzawa Japan JPN 26
6 8.57.6 Slavko Špan Yugoslavia YUG 26
7 9.08.8 József Mácsár Hungary HUN 26
8 9.09.2 Dieter Hartmann Germany GER 26
9 9.47.4 Jean Toffey Ekonian Cote d'Ivoire CIV
3000 m steeple Men Round One Heat Two 15 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.33.0 Q Maurice Herriott Great Britain GBR 25 OR
2 8.34.2 Q Lars-Erik Gustafsson Sweden SWE 26
3 8.34.2 Q George Young United States USA 27
4 8.34.6 Q Guy Texereau France FRA 29
5 8.43.0 Lazar Naroditsky Soviet Union URS 26
6 8.43.2 Alfred Döring Germany GER 31
7 8.46.6 Taketsugu Saruwatari Japan JPN 21
8 8.48.0 Edward Szklarczyk Poland POL 23
9 9.02.0 Labidi Ayachi Tunisia TUN 26
10 9.15.6 Cahit Önel Turkey TUR 36
3000 m steeple Men Round One Heat Three 15 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.31.8 Q Adolfas Aleksejūnas Soviet Union URS 27 OR
2 8.33.8 Q Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 27
3 8.45.2 Q Ernie Pomfret Great Britain GBR 23
4 8.50.2 Jeff Fishback United States USA 22
5 8.51.0 Benjamin Kogo Kenya KEN
6 8.55.0 Rainer Dörner Germany GER 27
7 8.57.8 Attila Simon Hungary HUN 25
8 8.58.8 Trevor Vincent Australia AUS 26
9 9.04.6 Saburo Yokomizo Japan JPN 24
10 9.18.8 Dilbagh Singh Kler Malaysia MAS 28
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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