The 3000 meter steeplechase for men was
introduced in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. Since the inclusion, the
event has been in the schedule of track and field events in all the
Rules & Regulations
- Only International Association of Athletics Federations or
the IAAF approved timing devices should be used for measurement
- The event must include 28 jumps and 7 water jumps. All the
jumps will be divided into various phases of the total run.
- In every phase of the event, there would be five total jumps.
The first three will be hurdle jumps, the fourth will be water
jump while the fifth will again be hurdle jump.
- Height of the hurdles and breadth of the water pit is set by
- The athletes are not allowed to jump on one side of the water
pit. They are required to go through the water jump.
- The sprinters are permitted to go over the hurdles in any
manner they seem proper.
- If an athlete steps out of the track when the competition is
on, he is out of the race.
- An athlete is not permitted to block the way of any fellow
athlete. If he does so, the referee disqualifies him.
The event has always been dominated by the Kenyan sprinters.
The 3000 meter steeplecheese event is among the most demanding
sports in the Olympics. The course of 3000 meter is quite demanding
in itself. And, in addition, several barriers like the metal hurdles
and water pits are thrown in. This makes the event a daunting task
which can be accomplished only by the seasoned athletes.
Top athletes in the event at the Olympics have been Joseph Keter,
Matthew Birir, Julius Kariuki, Julius Korir, Bronislaw Malinowski,
Anders Garderud, Saif Saaeed Shaheen, Ibrahim Boulami, Moses
Kiptanui, Ezekiel Kemboi, Reuben Kosgei, Kipchoge Keino, Amos
Biwott, Gaston Roelants, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak, Chris Brasher,
Horace Ashenfelter and Tore Sjostrand.