3000 metres steeplechase world record progression
The official world records in the 3000 metres steeplechase are held by Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar at 7:53.63 minutes for men and Ruth Jebet of Bahrain at 8:52.78 for women, who is currently on suspension awaiting test confirmation on doping allegation. Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech ran 8:44.32 in 2018; this mark awaits ratification.
Although the event had been run for decades and was first contested at the 1920 Olympics, the event was not standardized until 1954, with a requirement for athletes to jump a total of 28 barriers of height 91.1 cm to 91.7 cm, and width 3.66 m (4 hurdle barriers per lap), and jump seven water barriers 3.66 m long and wide with a 91 cm hurdle (1 water barrier per lap). The first 3000 m steeplechase world record to be ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was a run of 8:49.6 minutes by Hungarian Sándor Rozsnyói in 1954.
Before standardization, Sweden's Josef Ternström was the first to complete the event in under ten minutes with his time of 9:49.8 minutes in 1914. When he did it, one of the barriers included a stone wall, and the 500-metre course was a figure-eight. Another Swede, Erik Elmsäter, was the first to dip under nine minutes, in 1944. The first person to run the steeplechase in under eight minutes was Moses Kiptanui of Kenya, who ran it in 7:59.18 on 16 August 1995, in Zürich, Switzerland.
The women's 3000 m steeplechase was recognized as an official world record event as of January 1, 2000[update], recognizing Yelena Motalova's time of 9:48.88 from 1999 as the inaugural record. It was first contested at a World Championships in Athletics in 2005 and made its Olympic debut in 2008. The first sub-10 minute steeplechase was achieved by Romania's Daniela Petrescu in 1998 with a time of 9:55.28 minutes, but this was before the event was recognized by the IAAF. The first sub-nine minute steeplechase for women was by Gulnara Galkina of Russia in 2008 with a clocking of 8:58.81.
|8:49.6||Sándor Rozsnyói (HUN)||Bern||1954-08-28|
|8:47.8||Pentti Karvonen (FIN)||Helsinki||1955-07-01|
|8:45.4||Pentti Karvonen (FIN)||Oslo||1955-07-15|
|8:45.4||Vasiliy Vlasenko (URS)||Moscow||1955-08-18|
|8:41.2||Jerzy Chromik (POL)||Brno||1955-08-31|
|8:40.2||Jerzy Chromik (POL)||Budapest||1955-09-11|
|8:39.8||Semyon Rzhishchin (URS)||Moscow||1956-08-14|
|8:35.6||Sándor Rozsnyói (HUN)||Budapest||1956-09-16|
|8:35.5||Semyon Rzhishchin (URS)||Tallinn||1958-07-21|
|8:32.0||Jerzy Chromik (POL)||Warsaw||1958-08-02|
|8:31.4||Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (POL)||Tula||1960-06-26|
|8:31.2||Grigoriy Taran (URS)||Kiev||1961-05-28|
|8:30.4||Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (POL)||Wałcz||1961-06-26|
|8:29.6||Gaston Roelants (BEL)||Leuven||1963-09-07|
|8:26.4||Gaston Roelants (BEL)||Leuven||1965-08-07|
|8:24.2||Jouko Kuha (FIN)||Stockholm||1968-07-17|
|8:22.2||Vladimir Dudin (URS)||Kiev||1969-08-19|
|8:22.0||8:21.98||Kerry O'Brien (AUS)||Berlin||1970-07-04|
|8:20.8||Anders Gärderud (SWE)||Helsinki||1972-09-14|
|8:20.8||Ben Jipcho (KEN)||Lagos||1973-01-15|
|8:19.8||Ben Jipcho (KEN)||Helsinki||1973-06-19|
|8:14.0||8:13.91||Ben Jipcho (KEN)||Helsinki||1973-06-27|
|8:10.4||Anders Gärderud (SWE)||Oslo||1975-06-25|
|8:09.8||8:09.70||Anders Gärderud (SWE)||Stockholm||1975-07-01|
|8:08.0||8:08.02||Anders Gärderud (SWE)||Montreal||1976-07-28|
|8:05.4||Henry Rono (KEN)||Seattle||1978-05-13|
|8:05.35||Peter Koech (KEN)||Stockholm||1989-07-03|
|8:02.08||Moses Kiptanui (KEN)||Zürich||1992-08-19|
|7:59.18||Moses Kiptanui (KEN)||Zürich||1995-08-16|
|7:59.08||Wilson Boit Kipketer (KEN)||Zürich||1997-08-13|
|7:55.72||Bernard Barmasai (KEN)||Cologne||1997-08-24|
|7:55.28||Brahim Boulami (MAR)||Brussels||2001-08-24|
|7:53.63||Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT) [nb]||Brussels||2004-09-03|
Auto times to the hundredth of a second were accepted by the IAAF for events up to and including 10,000 m from 1981.
- nb Until 2002 Saif Saaeed Shaheen was known as Stephen Cherono, and represented Kenya.
|9:48.88||Yelena Motalova (RUS)||Tula||1999-07-31|
|9:43.64||Cristina Casandra (ROM)||Bucharest||2000-08-07|
|9:40.20||Cristina Casandra (ROM)||Reims||2000-08-30|
|9:25.31||Justyna Bąk (POL)||Nice||2001-07-09|
|9:22.29||Justyna Bąk (POL)||Milan||2002-06-05|
|9:21.72||Alesya Turova (BLR)||Ostrava||2002-06-12|
|9:16.51||Alesya Turova (BLR)||Gdańsk||2002-07-27|
|9:08.33||Gulnara Samitova (RUS)||Tula||2003-08-10|
|9:01.59||Gulnara Samitova (RUS)||Iraklio||2004-07-04|
|8:58.81||Gulnara Samitova-Galkina (RUS)||Beijing||2008-08-17|
|8:52.78||Ruth Jebet (BHR)||Paris||2016-08-27|
|8:44.32 p||Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)||Monaco||2018-07-20|
p - pending ratification
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