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Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: KEN Ezekiel Kemboi
Silver: FRA Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad
Bronze: KEN Abel Mutai


Which Kenyan would it be? That had become the question in the Olympic steeplechase, with Kenyans having won the last seven gold medals, 9 of the last 11, and taking 15 of the last 21 available medals, sweeping the event in 1992 and 2004. They had only failed to win in 1976 and 1980 when Kenya boycotted the Olympics, and Track & Field News was predicting another medal sweep. The Kenyan team included the 2004 gold medalist [Ezekiel Kemboi], [Abel Mutai], the 2012 African Champion, and [Brimin Kipruto], the 2007 World Champion, and World runner-up in 2011, who was the favorite.

The final pace was slow early, with American [Donn Cabral] taking the lead after two laps. With three laps remaining Mutai moved to the lead and forced the pace, pulling Kemboi and Kipruto, and Ethiopian [Roba Gari] along with him. With just under two laps to go, Kipruto fell, and although he got up quickly he was now 20 metres behind the leaders, and never got back, eventually placing fifth. At the bell the lead group was Gari, Mutai, Kemboi, two-time European champion [Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad] of France, and American [Evan Jager]. Kemboi took the lead at the start of the back straight, and Gari and Jager dropped off the leaders' pace. Kemboi came off the water jump with a 10-metre lead and had secured his second gold medal in the event. Mekhissi-Benabbad passed Mutai in the final metres to win silver.

Kemboi's victory made him only the second runner to win two golds in the steeplechase, after Finland's [Volmari Iso-Hollo], who had won in 1932 and 1936. Gari placed fourth as Ethiopia had still not won a medal in this event, except in the boycotted 1980 Olympics. Jager and Cabral gave the United States two surprising places in the top eight, with Jager sixth, and Cabral eighth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ezekiel Kemboi 30 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad 27 France FRA Silver
3 Abel Mutai 23 Kenya KEN Bronze
4 Roba Gari 30 Ethiopia ETH
5 Brimin Kipruto 26 Kenya KEN
6 Evan Jager 23 United States USA
7 Hamid Ezzine 28 Morocco MAR
8 Donn Cabral 22 United States USA
9 Tarık Akdağ 24 Turkey TUR
10 Ion Luchianov 31 Moldova MDA
11 Brahim Taleb 30 Morocco MAR
12 Nahom Mesfin 23 Ethiopia ETH
13 Yuri Floriani 30 Italy ITA
AC r2/2 Jukka Keskisalo 31 Finland FIN
AC r2/2 Benjamin Kiplagat 23 Uganda UGA
5 h2 r1/2 Nikolay Chavkin 28 Russia RUS
6 h2 r1/2 Youcef Abdi 34 Australia AUS
6 h3 r1/2 Khaled Belabbas 31 Algeria ALG
7 h1 r1/2 Amor Ben Yahia 27 Tunisia TUN
7 h2 r1/2 Jacob Araptany 18 Uganda UGA
7 h3 r1/2 Alex Genest 26 Canada CAN
8 h1 r1/2 José Gregorio Peña 25 Venezuela VEN
8 h2 r1/2 Vincent Zouaoui-Dandrieux 31 France FRA
8 h3 r1/2 Vadym Slobodeniuk 31 Ukraine UKR
9 h1 r1/2 Ali Ahmed Al-Amri 27 Saudi Arabia KSA
9 h2 r1/2 Kyle Alcorn 27 United States USA
9 h3 r1/2 Łukasz Parszczyński 27 Poland POL
10 h1 r1/2 Hicham Al-Siguéni 19 Morocco MAR
10 h2 r1/2 Artyom Kosinov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
10 h3 r1/2 Weynay Ghebresilasie 18 Eritrea ERI
11 h1 r1/2 Ángel Mullera 28 Spain ESP
11 h2 r1/2 Mario Bazán 24 Peru PER
11 h3 r1/2 Albert Minczér 25 Hungary HUN
12 h1 r1/2 Alberto Paulo 26 Portugal POR
12 h2 r1/2 Abdel Aziz Merzougui 20 Spain ESP
12 h3 r1/2 Stuart Stokes 35 Great Britain GBR
13 h1 r1/2 Steffen Uliczka 28 Germany GER
AC Birhan Getahun 20 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Víctor García 27 Spain ESP DNF