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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Athletics at the 2008 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008

Gold: RUS Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
Silver: KEN Eunice Jepkorir
Bronze: RUS Yekaterina Volkova


This was the inaugural steeplechase event at the Olympics for women, but the event had been held at the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. In the heats the newness of the event was evident when one runner fell face-first into the water jump. The 2007 champion was Yekaterina Volkova but the world record holder was her teammate Gulnara Samitova-Galkina, who had set it back in 2004. Samitova-Galkina had run at the Athina Olympics in the 5K, placing sixth. In the final, Samitova-Galkina took the lead early and pulled along four other runners – Tatyana Petrova (RUS), Eunice Jepkorir (KEN), Ruth Bisibori (KEN), and Zemzem Ahmed (ETH). After 1,000 metres only Petrova and Jepkorir remained with Samitova-Galkina, but at 2K, she was running alone. She won by half the final straight in 8:58.81, a world record, and became the first woman to break 9-minutes for the steeple. Jepkorir held on for the silver medal. Volkova had not been a factor early, but caught the chase group at the bell, and was able to pull away for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina 30 Russia RUS Gold
2 Eunice Jepkorir 26 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Yekaterina Volkova 30 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova 25 Russia RUS
5 Cristina Casandra 31 Romania ROU
6 Ruth Bisibori 20 Kenya KEN
7 Zemzem Ahmed 23 Ethiopia ETH
8 Wioletta Janowska-Frankiewicz 31 Poland POL
9 Jenny Barringer-Simpson 21 United States USA
10 Anna Willard 24 United States USA
11 Elena Romagnolo 25 Italy ITA
12 Zulema Fuentes-Pila 31 Spain ESP
13 Habiba Al-Ghribi-Boudra 24 Tunisia TUN
14 Roisin McGettigan 27 Ireland IRL
AC r2/2 Marta Domínguez 32 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/2 Jéssica Augusto 26 Portugal POR
6 h1 r1/2 Helen Pattinson-Clitheroe 34 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Ancuța Bobocel 20 Romania ROU
7 h1 r1/2 Zhu Yanmei 21 China CHN
7 h2 r1/2 Sophie Duarte 27 France FRA
7 h3 r1/2 Antje Möldner-Schmidt 24 Germany GER
8 h1 r1/2 Lindsey Anderson 23 United States USA
8 h2 r1/2 Sofia Assefa 20 Ethiopia ETH
8 h3 r1/2 Rasa Troup 31 Lithuania LTU
9 h1 r1/2 Mekdes Bekele 21 Ethiopia ETH
9 h2 r1/2 Muna Durka 20 Sudan SUD
9 h3 r1/2 Donna MacFarlane 31 Australia AUS
10 h1 r1/2 Fionnuala Britton 23 Ireland IRL
10 h2 r1/2 Veerle Dejaeghere 35 Belgium BEL
10 h3 r1/2 Sara Moreira 22 Portugal POR
11 h1 r1/2 Valentyna Horpynych-Zhudina 25 Ukraine UKR
11 h2 r1/2 Hanane Ouhaddou 26 Morocco MAR
11 h3 r1/2 Katarzyna Kowalska 23 Poland POL
12 h1 r1/2 Rosa María Morató 29 Spain ESP
12 h2 r1/2 Veronica Nyaruai 18 Kenya KEN
12 h3 r1/2 Barbara Parker 25 Great Britain GBR
13 h1 r1/2 Victoria Mitchell 26 Australia AUS
13 h2 r1/2 Oxana Juravel 22 Moldova MDA
13 h3 r1/2 Li Zhenzhu 22 China CHN
14 h1 r1/2 Türkan Erişmiş 24 Turkey TUR
14 h2 r1/2 Aslı Çakır 22 Turkey TUR
14 h3 r1/2 Inna Poluškina 24 Latvia LAT
15 h1 r1/2 Clarisse Cruz 30 Portugal POR
15 h2 r1/2 Eirini Kokkinariou 27 Greece GRE
16 h1 r1/2 Minori Hayakari 35 Japan JPN
16 h2 r1/2 Zhao Yanni 21 China CHN
17 h1 r1/2 Widad Mendil 25 Algeria ALG
AC h2 r1/2 Madrea Hyman 35 Jamaica JAM
AC h3 r1/2 Korene Hinds 31 Jamaica JAM
AC h3 r1/2 Dobrinka Shalamanova 25 Bulgaria BUL
AC h3 r1/2 Zenaide Vieira 23 Brazil BRA