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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's 3000 m steeple

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 29, 1996 Format: Top six in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 2, 1996  
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 22; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF   1996_olympic_stadium.jpg 
As in 1992 the heat militated against fast preliminary race times, with only the second semi-final seeing a sub-8:20 race, as Keter (8:18.90) and Kiptanui (8:18.91) eased across the line together. Kiptanui, the only man to have run quicker than 8:00, went into the lead on the first lap of the final, and led for more than 95% of the race. After 1500m the Kenyans went clear of the pack, with only Angelo Carosi (ITA) attempting to go with them. Carosi faded badly just before 2000m, but by then he had been displaced as a threat to the Kenyans by Lambruschini. The Kenyans were seen talking amongst themselves – probably about Lambruschini – who went with Kiptanui and Keter as Birir began to fade. The Italian was powerless when the two Kenyans accelerated sharply with 250m to go. Keter caught Kiptanui at the last water jump, hurdling it rather than running off the top of the barrier, but didn’t get away from the three-time World Champion until after the last hurdle. His last lap was 59.4, with Kiptanui running 60.4, and Lambruschini an easing up 63.1. The Italian thus won an Olympic bronze after two consecutive fourth places.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
By now, it was established that a Kenyan would win and the favorite was Moses Kiptanui. He had won the World Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995, and in August 1995, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, he had become the first man to run the steeplechase in under eight minutes. In the final he took the lead on the first lap and would lead for most of the race. At the halfway point, the three Kenyans, Kiptanui, Joseph Keter, and Matthew Birir went clear and ran a team race throughout. At 2,000 metres they were joined by Italy’s Alessandro Lambruschini. On the final lap, Lambruschini could not keep up when Keter and Kiptanui powered ahead, Kiptanui leading to the last water jump. On the final straight, Keter ran down Kip to win the gold medal, with a stunning last lap of 59.4. Lambruschini won the bronze medal after two fourth-place Olympic finishes, Birir having struggled to maintain the pace on the last lap.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 7:59.18 Kenya Moses Kiptanui Zürich (SUI) August 16, 1995
Olympic Record 8:05.51 Kenya Julius Kariuki Seoul (KOR) September 30, 1988
 
        Results        

These are the official results of the Men's 3000 metres Steeplechase event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a total number of 35 participating athletes, with two semi-finals and three qualifying heats.

Perhaps after watching the slow start four years earlier, this time they wanted less drama than their casual sweep of 1992. From the gun, Joseph Keter took the lead. Moses Kiptanui got a poorer start but simply ran around the outside of the pack and joined Keter from barely 150 metres into the race and that was it. The two never relinquished the lead. Defending champion Matthew Birir made it a touch more dramatic by being last off the line and took all of an additional 50 metres to join the pack at the front. The closest trailing athletes were the two Italians Angelo Carosi and Alessandro Lambruschini and Moroccan Brahim Boulami. With three laps to go, Alessandro Lambruschini passed Boulami and Carosi to become the only one to challenge the 10 metre lead the Kenyans had built. Little by little over the next lap, Lambruschini was able to bridge the gap, with Mark Croghan running hard from a few places back to get up to fifth. With two laps to go, Birir started to lose contact with his teammates. Lambruschini passed him and set off in chase of the other two. With just over a lap to go, Keter looked over his shoulder to see who was behind him, it wasn't Birir, all three accelerated. With Kiptanui leading Keter and Lambruschini, the group left Birir and the rest of the field behind. Just before the water jump Keter went wide as both Kenyans hurdled the water. Lambruschini lost a few meters and Keter was sprinting around Kiptanui. Both men sprinted to the final barrier, with Keter taking it first and fastest. He pulled away to victory. 10 metres later Lambruschini crossed the line with a bronze medal reward for improving over finishing fourth the previous two Olympics. 25 metres back, Birir held off the rest of the field.

3000 m steeple Men     Final 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.07.12     Joseph Keter Kenya KEN 13 Jun 69  
2 8.08.33     Moses Kiptanui Kenya KEN 1 Oct 70  
3 8.11.28     Alessandro Lambruschini Italy ITA 7 Jan 65  
4 8.17.18     Matthew Birir Kenya KEN 5 Jul 72  
5 8.17.84     Mark Croghan United States USA 8 Jan 68  
6 8.18.52     Steffen Brand Germany GER 10 Mar 65  
7 8.23.13     Brahim Boulami Morocco MAR 20 Apr 72  
8 8.23.39     Jim Svenøy Norway NOR 22 Apr 72  
9 8.29.67     Angelo Carosi Italy ITA 20 Jan 64  
10 8.30.31     Martin Strege Germany GER 21 Feb 66  
11 8.46.22     Hicham Bouaouiche Morocco MAR 16 Jun 74  
12 9.51.96     Marc Davis United States USA 17 Dec 69  
3000 m steeple Men     Semifinal 1 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.26.76     Marc Davis United States USA 17 Dec 69  
2 8.27.16     Matthew Birir Kenya KEN 5 Jul 72  
3 8.27.32     Alessandro Lambruschini Italy ITA 7 Jan 65  
4 8.27.76     Hicham Bouaouiche Morocco MAR 16 Jun 74  
5 8.27.99     Martin Strege Germany GER 21 Feb 66  
6 8.28.77     Florin Ionescu Romania ROU 3 Feb 71  
7 8.31.45     Joël Bourgeois Canada CAN 25 Apr 71  
8 8.33.90     Abdelaziz Sahere Morocco MAR 18 Sep 67  
9 8.36.85     Vladimir Golyas Russia RUS 25 Jan 71  
10 8.37.41     Godfrey Siamusiye Zambia ZAM 23 Sep 72  
11 8.46.74     Keith Cullen Great Britain GBR 13 Jun 72  
12 8.51.83     Kim Bauermeister Germany GER 20 Nov 70  
3000 m steeple Men     Semifinal 2 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.18.90     Joseph Keter Kenya KEN 13 Jun 69  
2 8.18.91     Moses Kiptanui Kenya KEN 1 Oct 70  
3 8.19.11     Steffen Brand Germany GER 10 Mar 65  
4 8.19.79     Jim Svenøy Norway NOR 22 Apr 72  
5 8.20.43     Brahim Boulami Morocco MAR 20 Apr 72  
6 8.21.01     Mark Croghan United States USA 8 Jan 68  
7 8.21.86     Angelo Carosi Italy ITA 20 Jan 64  
8 8.25.59     Chris Unthank Australia AUS 31 Aug 72  
9 8.28.50     Justin Chaston Great Britain GBR 4 Nov 68  
10 8.34.79     Vladimir Pronin Russia RUS 27 Apr 69  
11 8.36.40     Jamal Abdi Hassan Qatar QAT 10 Oct 72  
12 8.47.31     Nadir Bosch France FRA 16 May 73  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 1 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.30.23     Joseph Keter Kenya KEN 13 Jun 69  
2 8.30.56     Godfrey Siamusiye Zambia ZAM 23 Sep 72  
3 8.31.34     Florin Ionescu Romania ROU 3 Feb 71  
4 8.31.69     Alessandro Lambruschini Italy ITA 7 Jan 65  
5 8.31.97     Hicham Bouaouiche Morocco MAR 16 Jun 74  
6 8.32.76     Martin Strege Germany GER 21 Feb 66  
7 8.36.99     Jamal Abdi Hassan Qatar QAT 10 Oct 72  
8 8.38.58     Eduardo Henriques Portugal POR 24 Mar 68  
9 8.42.75     Elisardo de la Torre Spain ESP 10 Oct 71  
10 8.46.76     Spencer Duval Great Britain GBR 5 Jan 70  
11 8.49.68     Robert Gary United States USA 5 Apr 73  
  DNF     Primo Higa Solomon Islands SOL 15 Jun 73  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 2 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.26.79     Abdelaziz Sahere Morocco MAR 18 Sep 67  
2 8.27.09     Matthew Birir Kenya KEN 5 Jul 72  
3 8.27.91     Mark Croghan United States USA 8 Jan 68  
4 8.28.14     Joël Bourgeois Canada CAN 25 Apr 71  
5 8.28.32     Justin Chaston Great Britain GBR 4 Nov 68  
6 8.29.49     Vladimir Pronin Russia RUS 27 Apr 69  
7 8.31.65     Nadir Bosch France FRA 16 May 73  
8 8.36.86     Kim Bauermeister Germany GER 20 Nov 70  
9 8.40.78     Ricardo Vera Uruguay URU 16 Sep 62  
10 8.47.34     Néstor Nieves Venezuela VEN 29 Dec 74  
11 8.48.16     Vítor Almeida Portugal POR 6 Mar 70  
12 8.51.78     Clodoaldo do Carmo Brazil BRA 27 Apr 68  
3000 m steeple Men     Heat 3 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.30.83     Angelo Carosi Italy ITA 20 Jan 64  
2 8.30.87     Moses Kiptanui Kenya KEN 1 Oct 70  
3 8.30.97     Brahim Boulami Morocco MAR 20 Apr 72  
4 8.31.18     Steffen Brand Germany GER 10 Mar 65  
5 8.31.25     Marc Davis United States USA 17 Dec 69  
6 8.31.26     Keith Cullen Great Britain GBR 13 Jun 72  
7 8.31.30     Jim Svenøy Norway NOR 22 Apr 72  
8 8.31.86     Chris Unthank Australia AUS 31 Aug 72  
9 8.35.50     Vladimir Golyas Russia RUS 25 Jan 71  
10 8.46.24     Shadrack Mogotsi South Africa RSA 12 Dec 62  
11 8.46.37     Ibrahim Dahman Al-Asiri Saudi Arabia KSA 26 Oct 65  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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