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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 6, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984

Gold: KEN Julius Korir
Silver: FRA Joseph Mahmoud
Bronze: USA Brian Diemer

Summary

The 1982 European Champion and 1983 World Champion was Patriz Ilg (FRG) but injuries kept him out of the Olympics. The favorite was Kenyan Julius Korir, who had won the 1982 Commonwealth Games. But he was expected to be challenged by American Henry Marsh, not known for his fast times, but a great racer who usually ran from the back of the pack thru the early laps. On the second lap of the final, a fan leapt from the crowd and tried to start running as the field came to the water jump. He could not keep up and was quickly removed. The pace in the final was slow, set by Peter Renner (NZL) thru the first two kilometers. By the bell lap, Korir led with Marsh on his shoulder. But Korir kicked at 220 metres and pulled away to win the gold medal. Marsh, whose strength had been sapped by a virus in the last few weeks, fell off the pace and out of the medals, finishing fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Julius Korir 24 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Joseph Mahmoud 28 France FRA Silver
3 Brian Diemer 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Henry Marsh 30 United States USA
5 Colin Reitz 24 Great Britain GBR
6 Domingo Ramón 26 Spain ESP
7 Julius Kariuki 23 Kenya KEN
8 Pascal Debacker 24 France FRA
9 Tommy Ekblom 24 Finland FIN
10 Roger Hackney 26 Great Britain GBR
11 Peter Renner 24 New Zealand NZL
12 Fethi Baccouche 23 Tunisia TUN
7 h1 r2/3 William Van Dijck 23 Belgium BEL
7 h2 r2/3 Peter Daenens 23 Belgium BEL
8 h1 r2/3 Paul Davies-Hale 22 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 Emilio Ulloa 31 Chile CHI
9 h1 r2/3 Greg Duhaime 30 Canada CAN
9 h2 r2/3 Francesco Panetta 21 Italy ITA
10 h1 r2/3 Franco Boffi 25 Italy ITA
10 h2 r2/3 Hans Koeleman 26 Netherlands NED
11 h1 r2/3 Liam O'Brien 29 Ireland IRL
11 h2 r2/3 John Gregorek 24 United States USA
12 h1 r2/3 Filippos Filippou 27 Cyprus CYP
12 h2 r2/3 Carmelo Ríos 24 Puerto Rico PUR
9 h1 r1/3 Kip Rono 26 Kenya KEN
9 h2 r1/3 Juan José Torres 26 Spain ESP
9 h3 r1/3 Yehuda Zadok 25 Israel ISR
10 h1 r1/3 Pedro Cáceres 24 Argentina ARG
10 h2 r1/3 Héctor Begeo 20 Philippines PHI
10 h3 r1/3 Kim Ju-Ryong 23 South Korea KOR
11 h1 r1/3 Emmanuel M'Pioh 32 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
11 h2 r1/3 Hugo Allan García 21 Guatemala GUA
11 h3 r1/3 Albert Marie 27 Seychelles SEY
12 h1 r1/3 Abdullah Azzan Al-Akbary 18 Oman OMA
12 h2 r1/3 Ramón López 21 Paraguay PAR