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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992

Gold: KEN Matthew Birir
Silver: KEN Patrick Sang
Bronze: KEN William Mutwol

Summary

By now the Kenyans were established the dominant nation in the steeplechase. Though their distance runners were excellent at all distances, this seemed to be the race they had chosen as “their own.” Kenyans had won the last two Olympic gold medals, and won in 1968-72, won four of the last five Commonwealth Games, and in 1991 Moses Kiptanui had won the World Championships, his first of three consecutive. But Kiptanui seemed off form in 1992 and was not chosen for the Kenyan steeplechase team at Barcelona, after finishing fourth at the Kenyan Olympic Trials. Offered a chance to run in the Olympics because of his dominance, he demurred rather than bumping the third-place finisher, his friend, William Mutwol. Kiptanui’s absence mattered little as Kenya achieved their first medal sweep in the steeplechase. The race was won by Matthew Birir, the World Junior Champion and junior world record holder. He, Patrick Sang, and Mutwol were chased on the last lap by Italy’s Alessandro Lambruschini but he fell off the pace at the water jump. Birir finished easily in the lead, turning his head several times on the final straight to check his position. This was the third medal sweep in the steeplechase, having been achieved in 1928 by Finland and 1948 by Sweden. A few weeks after the Olympics, Moses Kiptanui broke the world record, running 8:02.08 at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Matthew Birir 20 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Patrick Sang 28 Kenya KEN Silver
3 William Mutwol 24 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Alessandro Lambruschini 27 Italy ITA
5 Steffen Brand 27 Germany GER
6 Tom Hanlon 25 Great Britain GBR
7 Brian Diemer 30 United States USA
8 Azzedine Brahmi 25 Algeria ALG
9 William Van Dijck 31 Belgium BEL
10 El-Arbi Khattabi 25 Morocco MAR
11 Clodoaldo do Carmo 24 Brazil BRA
12 Ricardo Vera 29 Uruguay URU
7 h1 r2/3 Mark Croghan 24 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Vladimir Golyas 21 Unified Team EUN
8 h1 r2/3 Tom Buckner 29 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 Colin Walker 29 Great Britain GBR
9 h1 r2/3 Ville Hautala 23 Finland FIN
9 h2 r2/3 Mohamed Barak Al-Dosari 30 Saudi Arabia KSA
10 h1 r2/3 João Junqueira 27 Portugal POR
10 h2 r2/3 Whaddon Niewoudt 22 South Africa RSA
11 h1 r2/3 Danny Lopez 23 United States USA
11 h2 r2/3 Hagen Melzer 33 Germany GER
12 h1 r2/3 Joseph Mahmoud 36 France FRA
12 h2 r2/3 Thierry Brusseau 28 France FRA
8 h1 r1/3 Michael Buchleitner 22 Austria AUT
9 h1 r1/3 Graeme Fell 33 Canada CAN
9 h3 r1/3 Sayed Hamid Sajjadi 23 Iran IRI
10 h1 r1/3 Davendra Prakash Singh 26 Fiji FIJ
10 h2 r1/3 Ivan Konovalov 33 Unified Team EUN
10 h3 r1/3 Marcelo Cascabelo 28 Argentina ARG
11 h2 r1/3 Héctor Begeo 28 Philippines PHI
11 h3 r1/3 Jamal Abdi Hassan 19 Qatar QAT