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Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 29, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996

Gold: KEN Joseph Keter
Silver: KEN Moses Kiptanui
Bronze: ITA Alessandro Lambruschini

Summary

By now, it was established that a Kenyan would win and the favorite was Moses Kiptanui. He had won the World Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995, and in August 1995, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, he had become the first man to run the steeplechase in under eight minutes. In the final he took the lead on the first lap and would lead for most of the race. At the halfway point, the three Kenyans, Kiptanui, Joseph Keter, and Matthew Birir went clear and ran a team race throughout. At 2,000 metres they were joined by Italy’s Alessandro Lambruschini. On the final lap, Lambruschini could not keep up when Keter and Kiptanui powered ahead, Kiptanui leading to the last water jump. On the final straight, Keter ran down Kip to win the gold medal, with a stunning last lap of 59.4. Lambruschini won the bronze medal after two fourth-place Olympic finishes, Birir having struggled to maintain the pace on the last lap.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Joseph Keter 27 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Moses Kiptanui 24 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Alessandro Lambruschini 31 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Matthew Birir 24 Kenya KEN
5 Mark Croghan 28 United States USA
6 Steffen Brand 31 Germany GER
7 Brahim Boulami 24 Morocco MAR
8 Jim Svenøy 24 Norway NOR
9 Angelo Carosi 32 Italy ITA
10 Martin Strege 30 Germany GER
11 Hicham Bouaouiche 22 Morocco MAR
12 Marc Davis 26 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Florin Ionescu 25 Romania ROU
7 h1 r2/3 Joël Bourgeois 25 Canada CAN
8 h1 r2/3 Abdel Aziz Sahère 28 Morocco MAR
8 h2 r2/3 Chris Unthank 23 Australia AUS
9 h1 r2/3 Vladimir Golyas 25 Russia RUS
9 h2 r2/3 Justin Chaston 27 Great Britain GBR
10 h1 r2/3 Godfrey Siamusiye 23 Zambia ZAM
10 h2 r2/3 Vladimir Pronin 27 Russia RUS
11 h1 r2/3 Keith Cullen 24 Great Britain GBR
11 h2 r2/3 Jamal Abdi Hassan 23 Qatar QAT
12 h1 r2/3 Kim Bauermeister 25 Germany GER
12 h2 r2/3 Nadir Bosch 23 France FRA
8 h1 r1/3 Eduardo Henriques 28 Portugal POR
9 h1 r1/3 Elisardo de la Torre 24 Spain ESP
9 h2 r1/3 Ricardo Vera 33 Uruguay URU
10 h1 r1/3 Spencer Duval 26 Great Britain GBR
10 h2 r1/3 Néstor Nieves 21 Venezuela VEN
10 h3 r1/3 Shadrack Mogotsi 33 South Africa RSA
11 h1 r1/3 Robert Gary 23 United States USA
11 h2 r1/3 Vítor Almeida 26 Portugal POR
11 h3 r1/3 Ibrahim Al-Asiri Yahya 30 Saudi Arabia KSA
12 h2 r1/3 Clodoaldo do Carmo 28 Brazil BRA
AC h1 r1/3 Primo Higa 23 Solomon Islands SOL