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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 21–24 August
Competitors 41 from 27 nations
Winning time 8:05.81
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Kenya
Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 21 to 24.

The athletes competed in a three-heat qualifying round in which the top three from each heat, together with the six fastest losing runners, were given a place in the final race.

The Kenyan dominance in this event had become well notable. In the final, the Kenyan trio of Brimin Kipruto, Paul Kipsiele Koech, and 2003 World silver medalist Ezekiel Kemboi had established themselves into the lead, supporting each other throughout the race, and running the pace with their own strategy and tactics that could not be matched by any other athlete. On the other hand, Qatar's (Kenyan born) Musa Amer Obaid trailed the Kenyans to keep in contact and follow their every move. At the bell, the Kenyans were able to stay at the front. Spaniard Luis Miguel Martín joined them and tried to launch his sprint to chase the leaders, but he quickly fell behind as the race began to accelerate. Koech took the lead for the Kenyans and opened up a gap through the water jump, before Kemboi moved decisively to pass him and came down the home straight smoothly to victory. Kemboi turned to wave on his teammates Kipruto and Koech, as they cleared the final barrier and sprinted away jubilantly to give the Kenyans a sweep of the medal podium for the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.[1][2]


  • Records 1
  • Qualification 2
  • Schedule 3
  • Results 4
    • Round 1 4.1
      • Heat 1 4.1.1
      • Heat 2 4.1.2
      • Heat 3 4.1.3
    • Final 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Brahim Boulami (MAR) 7:55.28 Brussels, Belgium 24 August 2001
Olympic record  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:05.52 Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 3000 metres steeplechase, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 8:24.60 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 8:32.00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 22:05 Round 1
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 21:40 Final


Round 1

Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next six fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the final.[3]

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Saifeldin, Khamis AbdullahKhamis Abdullah Saifeldin Qatar 8:17.89 Q, SB
2 Kemboi, EzekielEzekiel Kemboi Kenya 8:18.20 Q
3 Tahri, BouabdellahBouabdellah Tahri France 8:18.98 Q
4 Lincoln, DanielDaniel Lincoln United States 8:19.62 q
5 Ezzine, AliAli Ezzine Morocco 8:20.18 q
6 Martín, EliseoEliseo Martín Spain 8:21.88 q
7 Popławski, RadosławRadosław Popławski Poland 8:22.16 q, SB
8 Pröll, MartinMartin Pröll Austria 8:26.01
9 Luchianov, IonIon Luchianov Moldova 8:26.17 NR
10 Buč, BoštjanBoštjan Buč Slovenia 8:37.29
11 Potapovich, PavelPavel Potapovich Russia 8:52.65
12 Maffei, GiuseppeGiuseppe Maffei Italy DNF
13 Mandje, RobertoRoberto Mandje Equatorial Guinea DNS
13 Turki, LotfiLotfi Turki Tunisia DNS

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Kipruto, BriminBrimin Kipruto Kenya 8:15.11 Q
2 Vroemen, SimonSimon Vroemen Netherlands 8:15.28 Q, SB
3 Martín, Luis MiguelLuis Miguel Martín Spain 8:16.90 Q
4 Mohamed, MustafaMustafa Mohamed Sweden 8:19.37 q
5 Le Dauphin, VincentVincent Le Dauphin France 8:20.13 q
6 Zakrzewski, JanJan Zakrzewski Poland 8:23.72
7 Usov, RomanRoman Usov Russia 8:24.19
8 Slobodenyuk, VadymVadym Slobodenyuk Ukraine 8:24.84 PB
9 Chemlal, AbdelatifAbdelatif Chemlal Morocco 8:29.36
10 Shiferaw, TewodrosTewodros Shiferaw Ethiopia 8:33.15
11 Maazouz, AbdelhakimAbdelhakim Maazouz Algeria 8:36.12
12 Gary, RobertRobert Gary United States 8:38.01
13 Ramolefi, RubenRuben Ramolefi South Africa 8:46.17
14 Ibrahim, BashirBashir Ibrahim Kuwait 8:48.65 NR

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Obaid, Musa AmerMusa Amer Obaid Qatar 8:23.94 Q
2 Jiménez, Antonio DavidAntonio David Jiménez Spain 8:24.13 Q
3 Koech, Paul KipsielePaul Kipsiele Koech Kenya 8:24.68 Q
4 Ouerdi, ZouhairZouhair Ouerdi Morocco 8:27.55
5 Chaston, JustinJustin Chaston Great Britain 8:28.35
6 Iwamizu, YoshitakaYoshitaka Iwamizu Japan 8:29.07
7 Nowill, PeterPeter Nowill Australia 8:29.14
8 Famiglietti, AnthonyAnthony Famiglietti United States 8:31.59
9 Greaux, AlexanderAlexander Greaux Puerto Rico 8:33.62
10 Svenøy, JimJim Svenøy Norway 8:33.97
11 Silva, ManuelManuel Silva Portugal 8:38.31
12 Wale, LulesegedLuleseged Wale Ethiopia 8:50.73
13 Czaja, JakubJakub Czaja Poland 8:56.24



Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
Ezekiel Kemboi Kenya 8:05.81 SB
Brimin Kipruto Kenya 8:06.11
Paul Kipsiele Koech Kenya 8:06.64
4 Musa Amer Obaid Qatar 8:07.18 PB
5 Luis Miguel Martín Spain 8:11.64 SB
6 Simon Vroemen Netherlands 8:13.25 SB
7 Bouabdellah Tahri France 8:14.26 SB
8 Ali Ezzine Morocco 8:15.58
9 Eliseo Martín Spain 8:15.77 SB
10 Vincent Le Dauphin France 8:16.15 SB
11 Daniel Lincoln United States 8:16.86
12 Radosław Popławski Poland 8:17.32 PB
13 Mustafa Mohamed Sweden 8:18.05 PB
14 Antonio David Jiménez Spain 8:22.63
15 Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin Qatar 8:36.66


  1. ^ "Kenyans sweep steeplechase".  
  2. ^ "Kenya monopolise steeplechase again".  
  3. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 3000m Steeplechase Heats".  
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final".  

External links

  • IAAF Athens 2004 Olympic Coverage
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