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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top five in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 26, 1988 Format: Top seven in each heat and next five fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 30, 1988
(Competitors: 32; Countries: 24; Finalists: 13)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF 1988_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Van Dijck ran the fastest semi-final ever in clocking 8:15.63, and Azzedine Brahmi (ALG) was only slightly slower in the other semi (8:16.54). The slowest of the 13 qualifiers ran 8:19.99. World Champion Francesco Panetta (ITA) took on the duties of pacemaker, passing 1000m in 2:42.5, but slowing to 5:27.9 at 2000m as his conditioning, not as good as in his banner year of ’87, found him out. Koech, with Kariuki in tow, breezed past Panetta. Kariuki went away from Koech with 600m to go. Only Rowland attempted to get close to the Kenyans, and he ended up 8m behind Koech. Kariuki looked over his shoulder just after the last hurdle and eased up slightly in his last few strides, thereby missing the world record of 8:05.4.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Italy’s Francesco Panetta had won the 1987 World Championships and he took the lead in the final, leading thru 2,000 metres. At that point, Kenyans Julius Kariuki and Peter Koech moved in to the lead, as Panetta faded to an eventual ninth-place finish. Kariuki pulled away from Koech on the penultimate lap and opened a comfortable lead. He eased up on the final straight, narrowly missing the world record set by Henry Rono in 1978. Kariuki later said that the gold medal race was “so easy and not as tough as I expected.”
 

Records

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 8:05.40 Kenya Henry Rono Seattle (USA) May 13, 1978
Olympic Record 8:08.02 Sweden Anders Gärderud Montreal (CAN) July 28, 1976

The following Olympic record (in minutes) was set during this competition.

DateEventAthleteTimeORWR
September 30, 1988 Final  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:05.51 OR  
 
Results

The men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, had an entry list of 33 competitors, with three qualifying heats (33 runners) and two semifinals (26) before the final (13) took place on Friday September 30, 1988.

From the gun Francesco Panetta went out hard, at world record pace the first few laps. He was marked, a few metres back, by William Van Dijck with the rest of the field strung out behind. With about three laps to go, Kenyans Julius Kariuki and Peter Koech seemed to jog casually into position next to Van Dijck with Mark Rowland gamely holding on. From behind Alessandro Lambruschini and Patrick Sang rushed to catch up. With two laps to go, the Kenyan duo broke it open, with Panetta disappearing back into the field. Rowland was the only one to hang on to the Kenyans, who were looking around for the other challengers. With the three-man break clear and one lap to go, Kariuki departed from the team tactics and took off, opening up a 10 metre lead around the penultimate turn with Koech chasing. Kariuki took the water jump carefully; behind him, Koech hurdled the water pit and emphasized his separation on Rowland. Koech was able to make a little ground on Kariuki, but it was too little too late. Rowland had 20 metres on Lambruschini for bronze and a new British record. After the race, Rowland said "I just kept telling myself to dig, dig, dig—and I did it! I've got a bloody medal!"

3000 m steeple Men Final 30 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.05.51 Julius Kariuki Kenya KEN 12 Jun 61
2 8.06.79 Peter Koech Kenya KEN 18 Feb 58
3 8.07.96 Mark Rowland Great Britain GBR 7 Mar 63 NR
4 8.12.17 Alessandro Lambruschini Italy ITA 7 Jan 65
5 8.13.99 William Van Dijck Belgium BEL 24 Jan 61
6 8.14.39 Henry Marsh United States USA 15 Mar 54
7 8.15.22 Patrick Sang Kenya KEN 11 Apr 64
8 8.15.97 Bogusław Maminski Poland POL 18 Dec 55
9 8.17.79 Francesco Panetta Italy ITA 10 Jan 63
10 8.19.82 Hagen Melzer East Germany GDR 16 Jun 59
11 8.21.73 Graeme Fell Canada CAN 19 Mar 59
12 8.23.80 Raymond Pannier France FRA 12 Feb 61
13 8.26.68 Azzedine Brahmi Algeria ALG 13 Sep 66
3000 m steeple Men Semifinal 1 28 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.15.63 William Van Dijck Belgium BEL 24 Jan 61
2 8.15.68 Peter Koech Kenya KEN 18 Feb 58
3 8.16.27 Hagen Melzer East Germany GDR 16 Jun 59
4 8.16.70 Patrick Sang Kenya KEN 11 Apr 64
5 8.17.23 Francesco Panetta Italy ITA 10 Jan 63
6 8.18.28 Bogusław Maminski Poland POL 18 Dec 55
7 8.18.94 Henry Marsh United States USA 15 Mar 54
8 8.21.86 Hans Koeleman Netherlands NED 5 Oct 57
9 8.26.69 Bruno Le Stum France FRA 25 Dec 59
10 8.26.69 Eddie Wedderburn Great Britain GBR 6 Dec 60
11 8.35.05 Adauto Domingues Brazil BRA 20 May 61
12 8.35.09 Hector Begeo Philippines PHI 19 Jun 64 NR
DNF Roger Hackney Great Britain GBR 2 Sep 57
3000 m steeple Men Semifinal 2 28 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.16.54 Azzedine Brahmi Algeria ALG 13 Sep 66
2 8.16.92 Alessandro Lambruschini Italy ITA 7 Jan 65
3 8.18.31 Mark Rowland Great Britain GBR 7 Mar 63
4 8.18.53 Julius Kariuki Kenya KEN 12 Jun 61
5 8.19.39 Raymond Pannier France FRA 12 Feb 61
6 8.19.99 Graeme Fell Canada CAN 19 Mar 59
7 8.23.89 Brian Diemer United States USA 10 Oct 61
8 8.25.19 Jens Volkmann West Germany FRG 31 May 67
9 8.27.78 Brian Abshire United States USA 14 Nov 63
10 8.31.36 Féthi Baccouche Tunisia TUN 16 Nov 60
11 8.43.34 Brendan Quinn Ireland IRL 26 Jul 60
12 8.44.22 Mohamed Al-Dosari Saudi Arabia KSA 12 Aug 61
13 8.52.62 Ramon Lopez Paraguay PAR 6 Jun 63 NR
3000 m steeple Men Heat 1 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.30.94 Raymond Pannier France FRA 12 Feb 61
2 8.31.40 Mark Rowland Great Britain GBR 7 Mar 63
3 8.31.66 Peter Koech Kenya KEN 18 Feb 58
4 8.32.59 Alessandro Lambruschini Italy ITA 7 Jan 65
5 8.32.77 Adauto Domingues Brazil BRA 20 May 61
6 8.33.89 Henry Marsh United States USA 15 Mar 54
7 8.35.20 Hans Koeleman Netherlands NED 5 Oct 57
8 8.46.60 Hector Begeo Philippines PHI 19 Jun 64
9 8.56.06 Ramon Lopez Paraguay PAR 6 Jun 63
10 9.23.50 Davendra Pradesh Singh Fiji FIJ 17 Sep 66
DQ Abdelaziz Sahere Morocco MAR 18 Sep 67
3000 m steeple Men Heat 2 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.29.75 Francesco Panetta Italy ITA 10 Jan 63
2 8.33.42 Julius Kariuki Kenya KEN 12 Jun 61
3 8.35.59 Azzedine Brahmi Algeria ALG 13 Sep 66
4 8.38.40 Brian Diemer United States USA 10 Oct 61
5 8.38.90 Eddie Wedderburn Great Britain GBR 6 Dec 60
6 8.45.72 Bogusław Maminski Poland POL 18 Dec 55
7 8.51.25 Graeme Fell Canada CAN 19 Mar 59
8 8.59.82 Cha Han-Sik South Korea KOR
9 9.10.36 Ikaji Salum Tanzania TAN 15 Feb 67
DNF Emilio Ulloa Chile CHI 22 Oct 54
3000 m steeple Men Heat 3 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.36.11 Patrick Sang Kenya KEN 11 Apr 64
2 8.36.37 Jens Volkmann West Germany FRG 31 May 67
3 8.36.45 Hagen Melzer East Germany GDR 16 Jun 59
4 8.36.56 Brian Abshire United States USA 14 Nov 63
5 8.36.80 William Van Dijck Belgium BEL 24 Jan 61
6 8.36.95 Bruno Le Stum France FRA 25 Dec 59
7 8.38.67 Féthi Baccouche Tunisia TUN 16 Nov 60
8 8.39.30 Roger Hackney Great Britain GBR 2 Sep 57
9 8.40.87 Brendan Quinn Ireland IRL 26 Jul 60
10 8.45.24 Mohamed Al-Dosari Saudi Arabia KSA 12 Aug 61
11 9.10.85 Abdullah Al-Dosari Bahrain BRN 19 Apr 65
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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