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Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 25, 1976
Date Finished: July 28, 1976

Gold: SWE Anders Gärderud
Silver: POL Bronisław Malinowski
Bronze: GDR Frank Baumgartl

Summary

The two favorites were Sweden’s Anders Gärderud and Poland’s Bronisław Malinowski. Malinowski had won the 1974 European Championships while Gärderud twice set world records in 1975. The Kenyans were absent because of the African boycott, which deprived the event of Ben Jipcho, who had won the 1974 Commonwealth Games. The final is considered the greatest ever steeplechase at a major meet. Malinowski took the lead on the fourth lap, trying to break Gärderud’s vaunted sprint. Only Gärderud, Frank Baumgartl (GDR), and Tapio Kantanen (FIN) could maintain that pace. Kantanen fell off on the penultimate lap. Coming down the final straight Gärderud had pulled ahead, but Baumgartl was closing very quickly and looked placed to pull ahead. But he hit the final barrier and fell to the track. Malinowski was in third and had to hurdle not only the final barrier but also Baumgartl, lying on the track. Gärderud opened up to win in world record time (8:08.02). Baumgartl recovered to get the bronze medal behind Malinowski.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anders Gärderud 29 Sweden SWE Gold WR
2 Bronisław Malinowski 25 Poland POL Silver
3 Frank Baumgartl 21 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Tapio Kantanen 27 Finland FIN
5 Michael Karst 24 West Germany FRG
6 Euan Robertson 28 New Zealand NZL
7 Dan Glans 29 Sweden SWE
8 Antonio Campos 25 Spain ESP
9 Dennis Coates 23 Great Britain GBR
10 Henry Marsh 22 United States USA
11 Tony Staynings 22 Great Britain GBR
12 Ismo Toukonen 22 Finland FIN
7 h1 r1/2 Jean-Paul Villain 29 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Paul Thijs 30 Belgium BEL
8 h1 r1/2 John Bicourt 30 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r1/2 Doug Brown 24 United States USA
9 h1 r1/2 Willi Maier 27 West Germany FRG
9 h2 r1/2 Takaharu Koyama 28 Japan JPN
10 h1 r1/2 Peter Larkins 22 Australia AUS
10 h2 r1/2 Mike Roche 23 United States USA
11 h1 r1/2 Ágúst Ásgeirsson 24 Iceland ISL
11 h2 r1/2 Dušan Moravčík 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
12 h2 r1/2 Gheorghe Cefan 29 Romania ROU
AC h1 r1/2 Gerd Frähmcke 25 West Germany FRG