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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 26, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988

Gold: KEN Julius Kariuki
Silver: KEN Peter Koech
Bronze: GBR Mark Rowland

Summary

Italy’s Francesco Panetta had won the 1987 World Championships and he took the lead in the final, leading thru 2,000 metres. At that point, Kenyans Julius Kariuki and Peter Koech moved in to the lead, as Panetta faded to an eventual ninth-place finish. Kariuki pulled away from Koech on the penultimate lap and opened a comfortable lead. He eased up on the final straight, narrowly missing the world record set by Henry Rono in 1978. Kariuki later said that the gold medal race was “so easy and not as tough as I expected.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Julius Kariuki 27 Kenya KEN Gold OR
2 Peter Koech 30 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Mark Rowland 25 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Alessandro Lambruschini 23 Italy ITA
5 William Van Dijck 27 Belgium BEL
6 Henry Marsh 34 United States USA
7 Patrick Sang 24 Kenya KEN
8 Bogusław Mamiński 32 Poland POL
9 Francesco Panetta 25 Italy ITA
10 Hagen Melzer 29 East Germany GDR
11 Graeme Fell 29 Canada CAN
12 Raymond Pannier 27 France FRA
13 Azzedine Brahmi 22 Algeria ALG
7 h2 r2/3 Brian Diemer 26 United States USA
8 h1 r2/3 Hans Koeleman 30 Netherlands NED
8 h2 r2/3 Jens Volkmann 21 West Germany FRG
9 h1 r2/3 Bruno le Stum 28 France FRA
9 h2 r2/3 Brian Abshire 24 United States USA
10 h1 r2/3 Eddie Wedderburn 27 Great Britain GBR
10 h2 r2/3 Fethi Baccouche 27 Tunisia TUN
11 h1 r2/3 Adauto Domingues 27 Brazil BRA
11 h2 r2/3 Brendan Quinn 28 Ireland IRL
12 h1 r2/3 Héctor Begeo 24 Philippines PHI
12 h2 r2/3 Mohamed Barak Al-Dosari 27 Saudi Arabia KSA
13 h2 r2/3 Ramón López 25 Paraguay PAR
AC h1 r2/3 Roger Hackney 31 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r1/3 Cha Han-Sik 23 South Korea KOR
9 h2 r1/3 Ikaji Salum 21 Tanzania TAN
10 h1 r1/3 Davendra Prakash Singh 22 Fiji FIJ
11 h3 r1/3 Abdullah Al-Dosari 23 Bahrain BRN
AC h1 r1/3 Abdel Aziz Sahère 20 Morocco MAR
AC h2 r1/3 Emilio Ulloa 35 Chile CHI