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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 24, 2004

Gold: KEN Ezekiel Kemboi
Silver: KEN Brimin Kipruto
Bronze: KEN Paul Kipsiele Koech

Summary

The 2002 Commonwealth Games champion was Kenya's Stephen Cherono, while the 2003 World Championships had been won by Qatar's Saïd Saaeed Shaheen. But they were the same person, as Cherono had taken residence in Qatar to compete for that nation, likely being well remunerated for that move. Shaheen was favored with Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi, runner-up at the 2003 Worlds. The Olympic Charter states that an athlete must wait three years after changing nationality, but that can be waived with permission of the emigré's nation. It was not in this case, as the Kenyan Olympic Committee refused to allow Shaheen permission to compete that Olympics, and he did not run in Athina. In the final, Kemboi took his Kenyan teammates into the lead on the first lap and they ran the typical Kenyan team tactics in the steeplechase, supporting each other throughout, and running a pace that could not be matched by most runners. Only Qatar's Musa Amer, formerly Kenya's Moses Kipkirui, could stay in contact. At the bell these four were joined by Spain's Luis Miguel Martín, but he was dropped quickly as the pace quickened. Kemboi pulled ahead over the water jump and won the gold medal, as the Kenyans swept the medals for the second time at the Olympics (also 1992).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ezekiel Kemboi 22 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Brimin Kipruto 19 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Paul Kipsiele Koech 22 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Musa Amer 19 Qatar QAT
5 Luis Miguel Martín 32 Spain ESP
6 Simon Vroemen 35 Netherlands NED
7 Bob Tahri 25 France FRA
8 Ali Ezzine 25 Morocco MAR
9 Eliseo Martín 30 Spain ESP
10 Vincent Le Dauphin 28 France FRA
11 Daniel Lincoln 23 United States USA
12 Radosław Popławski 21 Poland POL
13 Mustafa Mohamed 25 Sweden SWE
14 Antonio Jiménez 27 Spain ESP
15 Khamis Abdullah Seifeddine 27 Qatar QAT
4 h3 r1/2 Zouhair El-Ouardi 27 Morocco MAR
5 h3 r1/2 Justin Chaston 35 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Jan Zakrzewski 33 Poland POL
6 h3 r1/2 Yoshitaka Iwamizu 25 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/2 Roman Usov 26 Russia RUS
7 h3 r1/2 Peter Nowill 25 Australia AUS
8 h1 r1/2 Martin Pröll 23 Austria AUT
8 h2 r1/2 Vadym Slobodeniuk 23 Ukraine UKR
8 h3 r1/2 Anthony Famiglietti 25 United States USA
9 h1 r1/2 Ion Luchianov 23 Moldova MDA
9 h2 r1/2 Abdelatif Chemlal 22 Morocco MAR
9 h3 r1/2 Alex Greaux 26 Puerto Rico PUR
10 h1 r1/2 Boštjan Buč 24 Slovenia SLO
10 h2 r1/2 Tewodros Shiferaw 23 Ethiopia ETH
10 h3 r1/2 Jim Svenøy 32 Norway NOR
11 h1 r1/2 Pavel Potapovich 23 Russia RUS
11 h2 r1/2 Abdelhakim Maazouz 28 Algeria ALG
11 h3 r1/2 Manuel da Silva 25 Portugal POR
12 h2 r1/2 Robert Gary 31 United States USA
12 h3 r1/2 Luleseged Wale 22 Ethiopia ETH
13 h2 r1/2 Ruben Ramolefi 26 South Africa RSA
13 h3 r1/2 Jakub Czaja 23 Poland POL
14 h2 r1/2 Bashar Omar 25 Kuwait KUW
AC h1 r1/2 Giuseppe Maffei 30 Italy ITA