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Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008

Gold: KEN Brimin Kipruto
Silver: FRA Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad
Bronze: KEN Richard Mateelong


Kenya had won the gold medal in this event at every Olympics at which they had participated since 1968 – they boycotted 1976 and 1980. The defending champion [Ezekiel Kemboi] was back as was 2007 World Champion [Brimin Kipruto], with [Richard Mateelong], 2007 World bronze medalist, their third steepler. A medal sweep seemed possible as they had done in 1992 and 2004. The pace was not fast enough to drop any of the favorites in the final. At the bell everybody had a chance with Kipruto seventh as they started the final lap. But he moved up on the backstretch and was third at the water jump, trailing Matelong and France's unheralded [Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad]. Kipruto surged ahead as they exited the water and seemed on his way to an easy gold. But the unknown Mekhissi-Benabbad did not fold and closed within 0.15 seconds at the tape, Kipruto getting the gold and the Frenchman the silver. Matelong held on for another bronze, but the Kenyan sweep did not materialize as Kemboi faded to seventh. For Kenya, their dominance in this event is unprecedented in recent Olympic track & field history. Going back to 1968, they had competed nine times (of 11), and won nine times. They had swept the medals twice (1992/2004), and had finished one-two in 1968, 1972, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2008. Of the 27 medals available to them since 1968, they had won 19.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Brimin Kipruto 23 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad 23 France FRA Silver
3 Richard Mateelong 24 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Yacob Jarso 20 Ethiopia ETH
5 Bob Tahri 29 France FRA
6 Youcef Abdi 30 Australia AUS
7 Ezekiel Kemboi 26 Kenya KEN
8 Abubaker Ali Kamal 24 Qatar QAT
9 Benjamin Kiplagat 19 Uganda UGA
10 Mustafa Mohamed 29 Sweden SWE
11 Tareq Mubarak Taher 21 Bahrain BRN
12 Ion Luchianov 27 Moldova MDA
13 Anthony Famiglietti 29 United States USA
14 Ruben Ramolefi 30 South Africa RSA
15 Abdelkader Hachlaf 30 Morocco MAR
5 h1 r1/2 Nahom Mesfin 19 Ethiopia ETH
5 h3 r1/2 Eliseo Martín 34 Spain ESP
6 h1 r1/2 Ildar Minshin 23 Russia RUS
6 h3 r1/2 Hamid Ezzine 24 Morocco MAR
7 h1 r1/2 Tomasz Szymkowiak 25 Poland POL
7 h3 r1/2 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieux 27 France FRA
8 h1 r1/2 Rabia Makhloufi 21 Algeria ALG
8 h2 r1/2 Boštjan Buč 28 Slovenia SLO
8 h3 r1/2 Roba Gari 26 Ethiopia ETH
9 h1 r1/2 Yoshitaka Iwamizu 29 Japan JPN
9 h2 r1/2 Brahim Taleb 26 Morocco MAR
9 h3 r1/2 Josh McAdams 28 United States USA
10 h1 r1/2 Valērijs Žolnerovičs 23 Latvia LAT
10 h2 r1/2 Andrew Lemoncello 25 Great Britain GBR
10 h3 r1/2 Pavel Potapovich 27 Russia RUS
11 h1 r1/2 Alberto Paulo 22 Portugal POR
11 h2 r1/2 Billy Nelson 23 United States USA
11 h3 r1/2 Pieter Desmet 25 Belgium BEL
12 h1 r1/2 Rubén Palomeque 27 Spain ESP
12 h2 r1/2 José Luis Blanco 33 Spain ESP
12 h3 r1/2 Halil Akkaş 25 Turkey TUR
13 h2 r1/2 Ali Ahmed Al-Amri 23 Saudi Arabia KSA
13 h3 r1/2 Itay Magidi 27 Israel ISR
AC h1 r1/2 Matteo Villani 25 Italy ITA