Rules & Regulations
- Only International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF approved timing devices should be used for measurement of time.
- 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 IAAF.
- 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.