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2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

The men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha from 1 to 4 October 2019.[1]

Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the 2019 World Championships
VenueKhalifa International Stadium
Dates1 October (heats)
4 October (final)
Competitors46 from 26 nations
Winning time8:01.35
gold medal    Kenya
silver medal    Ethiopia
bronze medal    Morocco
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Kenya considers the steeplechase to be their national sport. With defending champion Conseslus Kipruto, they qualified four to the final. USA, with two Kenyan ex-pats and Ethiopia also qualified all three of their entrants. This was only the second major championship since 2007 without perennial medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. Kipruto almost didn't make it. A stress fracture in April would sideline him for months, but he build a primitive swimming pool at his home in Mosoriot Kenya to do aqua training until he could run again.[2]

While they are a neighboring long distance running rival, Ethiopia does not have the same successful track record in the steeplechase, but were encouraged by Getnet Wale winning the 2019 IAAF Diamond League. Here the Ethiopians took to the lead. Chala Beyo took the point first with Wale and Kipruto pushing the pace out front. After two laps, Wale took over. Beyo would not finish. Starting slower, Lamecha Girma ran in the middle of the pack for a while before moving forward to take over leading duties for the team. The fast pace dropped off many of the runners, the lead pack dwindling to the entire Kenyan team, Hillary Bor, Djilali Bedrani, returning silver medalist Soufiane El Bakkali, Wale and Girma. With two laps to go, Kipruto moved out to the lead and looks around for his teammates to join him, but help did not come forward. Instead Wale moved ahead again and El Bakkali planted himself on Kipruto's shoulder. As the pace increased, the other three Kenyan's fell off the back of the pack. Bedrani and Bor were the next to go. It was a four man group at the bell with Girma on the tail end. Through the penultimate turn, El Bakkali took the lead. For most of the last decade, the steeplechase was decided by a devastating move off the first barrier on the backstretch, usually by Ezekiel Kemboi. It is where Kipruto won the race in 2017 and the Olympics in 2016. Here, coming off the barrier, Kipruto gained a couple of feet on Wale but El Bakkali remained in command. Instead, Girma ran around the group and into the lead. Kipruto tried to react, passing El Bakkali over the water jump. Wale had no answer for the speed and the medalists were decided. Going into the final barrier, Girma opened up two metres on Kipruto. Coming off the barrier, Kipruto launched into a sprint gaining slightly on Girma. Desperately looking for the finish Girma dipped a little early, Kipruto dipped like a seasoned professional hurdler. In the photo finish, Kipruto took the gold by .01. 18 year old Girma got the consolation prize of the Ethiopian national record that 19 year old Wale had improved twice already in 2019.


Before the competition records were as follows:[3]

World record   Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 Brussels, Belgium 3 September 2004
Championship record   Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:00.43 Berlin, Germany 18 August 2009
World Leading   Soufiane El Bakkali (MAR) 8:04.82 Monaco 12 July 2019
African Record   Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (KEN) 7:53.64 Monaco 22 July 2011
Asian Record   Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) 7:53.63 Brussels, Belgium 3 September 2004
North, Central American and Caribbean record   Evan Jager (USA) 8:00.45 Paris, France 4 July 2015
South American Record   Wander do Prado Moura (BRA) 8:14.41 Mar del Plata, Argentina 22 March 1995
European Record   Mahiedine Mekhissi (FRA) 8:00.09 Paris, France 6 July 2013
Oceanian record   Peter Renner (NZL) 8:14.05 Koblenz, West Germany 29 August 1984

Qualification standardEdit

The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 8:29.00.[4]


The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:[5]

Date Time Round
1 October 18:15 Heats
4 October 21:45 Final



The first three in each heat (Q) and the next six fastest (q) qualified for the final.[6]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Getnet Wale   Ethiopia (ETH) 8:12.96 Q
2 1 Djilali Bedrani   France (FRA) 8:13.02 Q
3 1 Leonard Kipkemoi Bett   Kenya (KEN) 8:13.07 Q
4 1 Matthew Hughes   Canada (CAN) 8:13.12 q, SB
5 1 Fernando Carro   Spain (ESP) 8:13.56 q
6 2 Lamecha Girma   Ethiopia (ETH) 8:16.64 Q
7 2 Soufiane El Bakkali   Morocco (MAR) 8:17.96 Q
8 2 Abraham Kibiwott   Kenya (KEN) 8:18.46 Q
9 2 Andrew Bayer   United States (USA) 8:18.66 q
10 1 Stanley Kebenei   United States (USA) 8:19.02 q
11 3 Conseslus Kipruto   Kenya (KEN) 8:19.20 Q
12 3 Benjamin Kigen   Kenya (KEN) 8:19.44 Q
13 3 Hillary Bor   United States (USA) 8:20.67 Q
14 3 Chala Beyo   Ethiopia (ETH) 8:21.09 q
15 1 Zak Seddon   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 8:22.51 q
16 2 Albert Chemutai   Uganda (UGA) 8:23.08
17 3 Ibrahim Ezzaydouni   Spain (ESP) 8:23.99
18 3 Benjamin Kiplagat   Uganda (UGA) 8:24.44 SB
19 1 Yohanes Chiappinelli   Italy (ITA) 8:24.73
20 3 Avinash Sable   India (IND) 8:25.23 qR, NR
21 2 Altobeli da Silva   Brazil (BRA) 8:25.34 SB
22 1 Amor Ben Yahia   Tunisia (TUN) 8:26.12 SB
23 2 Yemane Haileselassie   Eritrea (ERI) 8:26.58
24 1 Martin Grau   Germany (GER) 8:26.79 SB
25 1 Tom Erling Kårbø   Norway (NOR) 8:27.01 PB
26 1 Boniface Abel Sikowo   Uganda (UGA) 8:27.96
27 2 Osama Zoghlami   Italy (ITA) 8:28.57
28 2 Daniel Arce   Spain (ESP) 8:31.69
29 3 Topi Raitanen   Finland (FIN) 8:32.44
30 3 Ryan Smeeton   Canada (CAN) 8:32.53
31 2 Karl Bebendorf   Germany (GER) 8:32.58
32 2 John Gay   Canada (CAN) 8:33.74
33 3 Carlos Andrés Martín   Colombia (COL) 8:35.10
34 2 Bilal Tabti   Algeria (ALG) 8:35.15
35 3 Salem Mohamed Attiaallah   Egypt (EGY) 8:35.18
36 1 Abdelkarim Ben Zahra   Morocco (MAR) 8:36.67
37 3 Yoann Kowal   France (FRA) 8:37.90
38 3 Takele Nigate   Ethiopia (ETH) 8:38.34
39 1 Kaur Kivistik   Estonia (EST) 8:39.26
40 3 Yaser Bagharab   Qatar (QAT) 8:39.65
41 2 Rantso Mokopane   South Africa (RSA) 8:42.22
42 2 Ben Buckingham   Australia (AUS) 8:42.86
43 2 Krystian Zalewski   Poland (POL) 8:51.79
44 3 Otmane Nait-Hammou   Athlete Refugee Team (ART) 9:30.17
1 Fouad Idbafdil   Athlete Refugee Team (ART) DNF
3 Mohamed Tindouft   Morocco (MAR)


The final was started on 4 October at 21:45.[7]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Conseslus Kipruto   Kenya (KEN) 8:01.35 WL
  Lamecha Girma   Ethiopia (ETH) 8:01.36 NR
  Soufiane El Bakkali   Morocco (MAR) 8:03.76 SB
4 Getnet Wale   Ethiopia (ETH) 8:05.21 PB
5 Djilali Bedrani   France (FRA) 8:05.23 PB
6 Benjamin Kigen   Kenya (KEN) 8:06.95
7 Abraham Kibiwott   Kenya (KEN) 8:08.52
8 Hillary Bor   United States (USA) 8:09.33
9 Leonard Kipkemoi Bett   Kenya (KEN) 8:10.64
10 Stanley Kebenei   United States (USA) 8:11.15 SB
11 Fernando Carro   Spain (ESP) 8:12.31
12 Andrew Bayer   United States (USA) 8:12.47 PB
13 Avinash Sable   India (IND) 8:21.37 NR
14 Matthew Hughes   Canada (CAN) 8:24.78
15 Zak Seddon   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 8:40.23
Chala Beyo   Ethiopia (ETH) DNF


  1. ^ Start list
  2. ^
  3. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechasse Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Competitions Entry Standards 2019 – IAAF World Championships – PDF title, Qualification Standards for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ "3000 Metres Steeplechase Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  6. ^ Heats results
  7. ^ Final results