2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
|Men's 3000 metres steeplechase |
at the 2019 World Championships
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Dates||1 October (heats)|
4 October (final)
|Competitors||46 from 26 nations|
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.
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:
|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|
The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 8:29.00.
The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:
The first three in each heat (Q) and the next six fastest (q) qualified for the final.
The final was started on 4 October at 21:45.
|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|
- Start list
- "3000 Metres Steeplechasse Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- "Competitions Entry Standards 2019 – IAAF World Championships – PDF title, Qualification Standards for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". iaaf.org. 2 August 2019.
- "3000 Metres Steeplechase Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- Heats results
- Final results