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Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 1980

Gold: POL Bronisław Malinowski
Silver: TAN Filbert Bayi
Bronze: ETH Eshetu Tura

Summary

In 1978 Henry Rono (KEN) had a superb summer in which he broke world records for the steeplechase, 5K,10K, and 3,000 metres, and won the Commonwealth Games steeplechase gold medal. He would have been heavily favored but was injured in the Olympic year. The silver medalist from 1976, Poland’s Bronisław Malinowski, was back and had won the 1974 and 1978 European Championships and was likely the favorite. But he had been beaten in July by Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi who had moved up to this event from the 1,500/mile. Bayi, a noted front runner, took the lead from the start and was on world record pace thru two kilometres. He had a 30-metre lead on Malinowski by then, but the Pole slowly closed the gap, coming to five metres back at the bell. Malinowski took the lead over the water jump on the final lap and won quite easily, Bayi hanging on for the silver medal. This was the last time the steeplechase was not won by a Kenyan, thru at least 2004.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bronisław Malinowski 29 Poland POL Gold
2 Filbert Bayi 27 Tanzania TAN Silver
3 Eshetu Tura 30 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Domingo Ramón 22 Spain ESP
5 Francisco Sánchez 22 Spain ESP
6 Giuseppe Gerbi 24 Italy ITA
7 Bogusław Mamiński 24 Poland POL
8 Anatoly Dimov 24 Soviet Union URS
9 Vasile Bichea 29 Romania ROU
10 Dušan Moravčík 32 Czechoslovakia TCH
11 Lahcen Babaci 23 Algeria ALG
12 Tommy Ekblom 20 Finland FIN
7 h1 r2/3 Roberto Volpi 27 Italy ITA
7 h2 r2/3 Roger Hackney 22 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Colin Reitz 20 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 Hailu Wolde-Tsadik 30 Ethiopia ETH
9 h1 r2/3 Krzysztof Wesołowski 23 Poland POL
9 h2 r2/3 Aleksandr Vorobey 23 Soviet Union URS
10 h1 r2/3 Vesa Laukkanen 22 Finland FIN
10 h2 r2/3 Wolfgang Konrad 21 Austria AUT
11 h1 r2/3 Paul Copu 26 Romania ROU
11 h2 r2/3 Tony Staynings 26 Great Britain GBR
12 h1 r2/3 Stanimir Nenov 24 Bulgaria BUL
AC h2 r2/3 Serhiy Olizarenko 25 Soviet Union URS
8 h2 r1/3 Girma Wolde-Hana 27 Ethiopia ETH
9 h1 r1/3 Nicolae Voicu 24 Romania ROU
9 h2 r1/3 Ralf Pönitzsch 22 East Germany GDR
10 h1 r1/3 Anders Carlson 21 Sweden SWE
10 h2 r1/3 Abdul Karim Joumaa 26 Syria SYR
10 h3 r1/3 Albert Marie 23 Seychelles SEY
AC h2 r1/3 José Sena 25 Portugal POR