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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 14, 1968  
Date Finished: October 16, 1968  
(Competitors: 40; Countries: 27; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
George Young, and Viktor Kudinskiy (URS), an electrifying finisher, were the favourites, and while both qualified for the final, neither broke nine minutes, a barrier only bettered by Kogo and the unknown Biwott. The latter prophetically was termed by Track and Field News in their Olympic preview as “a possible surpriser”. The biggest surprise of Biwott’s running was his water jump technique, as he flew off the barrier straight over the water, looking like a long jumper. Kogo led the field at 1000m in the final in a slow 3:04.2, with Kudinksiy having already dropped out. Roelants, though troubled with a bad knee, led at 2000m, 8m ahead of Kogo, with Biwott seventh. By the bell Kogo and Young were together, with Biwott still seventh some 15m adrift. With 300m to go Young kicked, and only Kogo and O’Brien could respond. Kogo caught Young at the water jump, and came out of the water ahead with O’Brien just behind. Biwott was now closing rapidly. At the last hurdle he was still fourth, but stormed past all three with 30m to go with a last 418m lap of 63.5. Kogo just beat O’Brien and Young. Of all Kenya’s Olympic champions there have been none with tactics more eccentric than Biwott.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Viktor Kudinsky (URS) had won the 1966 European Championships and was favored but also highly considered was American George Young, who was entered in the unusual combination of the steeplechase and marathon. Track & Field News noted that Kenya's Amos Biwott could be )a possible surprise). Biwott amazed the crowd with his technique over the water jump. Apparently almost afraid of the water, he leapt over the jump using long jump-type technique, completely clearing the water. His barrier technique was also unique and he jumped with both feet together rather than in a hurdling technique. Kenya's Benjamin Kogo led the final thru the kilometer but at the bell he was leading with Young. Young went to the lead with 300 to go, but Biwott ran down everybody in the final straight to win the gold medal. This began the Kenyan dominance of the steeplechase event.
 
 
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Four years earlier, Benjamin Kogo was the only Kenyan in the field, not making it out of the qualifying round. On the final lap, Kogo was in third place and his teammate was back in fifth behind Soviet Aleksandr Morozov with 200 metres to go. George Young had a few metres lead on Kerry O'Brien. In the 50 metres going into the water jump, Kogo passed O'Brien and pulled even with Young. Kogo took that water jump so much faster than Young, he gained a foot and had the momentum to carry him several metres into the lead. Young was straining to hold off O'Brien over the final barrier. O'Brien even checked over his left shoulder to make sure Morozov was not coming. Simultaneously Biwott was about to pass him on right. Biwott took the hurdle awkwardly, almost landing on both feet. But Biwott had more speed, leaving O'Brien and Young then sprinting past Kogo on to a three metre victory.

Since this 1-2 victory, Kenya has gone on to dominate the event in the Olympics. Except for the two boycott years of 1976 and 1980, Kenya has won more than 2/3 of all medals offered, usually going 1-2 and sweeping the event twice.

3000 m steeple Men     Final 16 October        
The final was held on August 16. Biwott amazed the crowd leaping over the water jump using long jump-type technique, completely clearing the water. His barrier technique was also unique and he jumped with both feet together rather than in a hurdling technique. Benjamin Kogo led the final thru the kilometer but at the bell George Young joined him. Young took the lead with 300 to go, but Biwott ran down everybody in the final straight to win the gold medal. This began the Kenyan dominance of the steeplechase event.
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.51.02     Amos Biwott Kenya KEN 21   8.51.0 h
2 8.51.56     Benjamin Kogo Kenya KEN     8.51.6 h
3 8.51.86     George Young United States USA 31   8.51.8 h
4 8.52.08     Kerry O'Brien Australia AUS 22   8.52.0 h
5 8.55.61     Aleksandr Morozov Soviet Union URS 28   8.55.8 h
6 8.58.41     Mikhail Zhelev Bulgaria BUL 25   8.58.4 h
7 8.59.50     Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 31   8.59.4 h
8 9.08.98     Arne Risa Norway NOR 24   9.09.0 h
9 9.16.27     Jean-Paul Villain France FRA 21   9.16.2 h
10 9.20.61     Bengt Persson Sweden SWE 28   9.20.6 h
11 9.24.51     Javier Álvarez Spain ESP 24   9.24.6 h
AC DNF     Viktor Kudynskiy Soviet Union URS 25    
3000 m steeple Men     Round One Heat One 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.57.80   Q Benjamin Kogo Kenya KEN     8.57.8 h
2 9.03.74   Q Javier Álvarez Spain ESP 24   9.03.8 h
3 9.06.43   Q Bengt Persson Sweden SWE 28   9.06.4 h
4 9.07.31   Q Arne Risa Norway NOR 24   9.07.2 h
5 9.11.33     John Jackson Great Britain GBR 27   9.11.4 h
6 9.13.23     Conrad Nightingale United States USA 23   9.13.2 h
7 9.13.24     Tadesse Wolde-Medhin Ethiopia ETH 32   9.13.2 h
8 9.19.22     Manuel de Oliveira Portugal POR 27   9.19.2 h
9 9.23.98     Klaus-Ludwig Brosius West Germany FRG 24   9.24.0 h
10 9.25.82     János Szabó Hungary HUN 23   9.25.8 h
11 9.25.95     Pedro Miranda Mexico MEX 20   9.26.0 h
12 9.43.06     Domingo Amaizón Argentina ARG 32   9.43.0 h
AC DNF     Larbi Oukada Morocco MAR 22    
3000 m steeple Men     Round One Heat Two 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 9.01.12   Q Jean-Paul Villain France FRA 21   9.01.2 h
2 9.01.49   Q George Young United States USA 31   9.02.2 h
3 9.02.31   Q Kerry O'Brien Australia AUS 22   9.02.4 h
4 9.05.25   Q Viktor Kudynskiy Soviet Union URS 25   9.05.2 h
5 9.24.49     Willi Wagner West Germany FRG 27   9.24.4 h
6 9.24.62     Labidi Ayachi Tunisia TUN 30   9.24.6 h
7 9.32.95     Nobuyoshi Miura Japan JPN 24   9.33.0 h
8 9.34.68     Maurice Herriott Great Britain GBR 29   9.34.6 h
9 9.35.61     Albertino Etchechury Uruguay URU 32   9.35.6 h
10 9.38.79     Eddy Van Butsele Belgium BEL 21   9.38.8 h
11 9.50.78     Jan Cych Poland POL 24   9.50.8 h
12 10.02.06     Hans Menet Switzerland SUI 28   10.02.0 h
13 11.19.23     Efraín Cordero El Salvador ESA 30    
AC [5] DQ     Mariano Haro Spain ESP 28   [9.16.0] / [9.15.93]
3000 m steeple Men     Round One Heat Three 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.49.39   Q Amos Biwott Kenya KEN 21   8.49.4 h
2 9.01.96   Q Mikhail Zhelev Bulgaria BUL 25   9.01.0 h
3 9.08.29   Q Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 31   9.08.2 h
4 9.08.45   Q Aleksandr Morozov Soviet Union URS 28   9.08.4 h
5 9.10.35     Bill Reilly United States USA 25   9.10.4 h
6 9.13.80     Peter Welsh New Zealand NZL 25   9.13.8 h
7 9.16.86     Gareth Bryan-Jones Great Britain GBR 25   9.16.8 h
8 9.19.64     Jan-Erik Karlsson Sweden SWE 29   9.19.6 h
9 9.26.30     Taketsugu Saruwatari Japan JPN 25   9.26.2 h
10 9.32.22     Heinz-Gerd Mölders West Germany FRG 26   9.32.2 h
11 9.43.97     Umberto Risi Italy ITA 27   9.44.0 h
12 9.48.37     Julio Quevedo Guatemala GUA 28   9.48.4 h
AC DNF     Guy Texereau France FRA 33    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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