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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 7, 1972

Gold: KEN Kip Keino
Silver: KEN Ben Jipcho
Bronze: FIN Tapio Kantanen

Summary

The 1971 European Champion had been France's Jean-Paul Villain while the 1970 Commonwealth Games Champion had been Australian Tony Manning. Defending champion Amos Biwott had finished third to Manning at the Commonwealth Games, with his Kenyan teammate Ben Jipcho winning the silver medal. The world record holder was Australia's Kerry O'Brien who had run 8:22.0 in 1970. The final was started at a snail's pace, and improved only slightly to the second kilometer, after which the pace got very fast. This strung out the field and only Jipcho, Finland's Tapio Kantanen and Jipcho's teammate, Kip Keino, were together on the last lap. Keino had the best speed, having won the 1,500 metres at the 1968 Olympics. He ran away from Kantanen on the final straight as Jipcho also passed the Finn for the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kip Keino 32 Kenya KEN Gold OR
2 Ben Jipcho 29 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Tapio Kantanen 23 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Bronisław Malinowski 21 Poland POL
5 Dušan Moravčík 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Amos Biwott 24 Kenya KEN
7 Romualdas Bitė 28 Soviet Union URS
8 Pekka Päivärinta 23 Finland FIN
9 Takaharu Koyama 24 Japan JPN
10 Mikko Ala-Leppilampi 29 Finland FIN
11 Jean-Paul Villain 25 France FRA
12 Mikhail Zhelev 29 Bulgaria BUL
4 h1 r1/2 Gheorghe Cefan 25 Romania ROU
4 h2 r1/2 Willi Maier 23 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/2 Josef Horčic 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h4 r1/2 Steve Hollings 25 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Andy Holden 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Akira Takeuchi 25 Japan JPN
5 h3 r1/2 Anders Gärderud 25 Sweden SWE
5 h4 r1/2 Franco Fava 19 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/2 Toni Feldmann 23 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r1/2 Sergey Skripka 22 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Willi Wagner 30 West Germany FRG
6 h4 r1/2 Hans-Dieter Schulten 31 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r1/2 Steve Savage 24 United States USA
7 h2 r1/2 Jan Voje 29 Norway NOR
7 h3 r1/2 Paul Thijs 26 Belgium BEL
7 h4 r1/2 Boualem Rahoui 23 Algeria ALG
8 h1 r1/2 Gérard Buchheit 23 France FRA
8 h2 r1/2 Hans Menet 32 Switzerland SUI
8 h3 r1/2 John Bicourt 26 Great Britain GBR
8 h4 r1/2 Spyridon Kontosoros 24 Greece GRE
9 h1 r1/2 Filbert Bayi 19 Tanzania TAN
9 h2 r1/2 Eddie Leddy 20 Ireland IRL
9 h3 r1/2 Doug Brown 20 United States USA
9 h4 r1/2 Georges Kaiser 29 Switzerland SUI
10 h1 r1/2 Vitus Ashaba 29 Uganda UGA
10 h2 r1/2 Kazimierz Maranda 25 Poland POL
10 h3 r1/2 Panagiotis Nakopoulos 26 Greece GRE
10 h4 r1/2 Mike Manley 30 United States USA
11 h1 r1/2 Tadeusz Zieliński 26 Poland POL
11 h2 r1/2 Esau Adenji 28 Cameroon CMR
11 h3 r1/2 Yohannes Mohamed 24 Ethiopia ETH
11 h4 r1/2 Sverre Sørnes 27 Norway NOR
12 h1 r1/2 Wigmar Pedersen 25 Denmark DEN
12 h3 r1/2 Robert Hackman 31 Ghana GHA
12 h4 r1/2 Usaia Sotutu 23 Fiji FIJ
13 h4 r1/2 Julio Quevedo 32 Guatemala GUA
AC h2 r1/2 Kerry O'Brien 26 Australia AUS