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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 3000 metres steeplechase

The Women's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 4–6 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Women's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Course de 3000m steeple (JO Londres).jpg
3000 meters steeple final on 6 August
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date4–6 August
Competitors44 from 26 nations
Winning time9:08.37
1st, gold medalist(s) Habiba Ghribi  Tunisia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sofia Assefa  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Milcah Chemos Cheywa  Kenya
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From the gun in the final, reigning world champion Yuliya Zaripova sprinted out to the lead and dictated the pace. But rather than continuing to accelerate, she slowed, with the rest of the field bunching behind with nobody willing to go around. The pack slowly disintegrated by attrition. With 3 laps to go a group of seven had separated, including all three Ethiopians, plus Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge and Habiba Ghribi, all still behind Zaripova. On the 6th lap, defending champion and World Record holder Gulnara Galkina, already off the back, made a right turn and stepped off the track. The pace quickened, losing Etenesh Diro and Njoroge at the water jump. Zaripova just continued to accelerate. On the back stretch Ghribi looked to be clear of the other three but almost put her hand out so as not to pass Zaripova. From that point, Zaripova just extended her lead with Ghribi clearly in second place. Sofia Assefa broke away from her teammate Hiwot Ayalew. Down the home stretch Cheywa made a late run but Assefa held on for the bronze medal. Compared to the previous year's world championships, the first two medalists were the same, Zaripova a second faster for her personal record, Ghribi was 3 seconds faster for her Tunisian national record, and Assefa 19 seconds faster to push Cheywa off the podium.[2]

On 24 March 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified Yuliya Zaripova's results from 20 July 2011 to 25 July 2013 for doping, which included the Olympics.[3] On 4 June 2016, Tunisian Habiba Ghribi was awarded with the olympic gold medal in a ceremony in Rades, Tunisia, presented by IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel.[4]

Competition formatEdit

The women's 3000 m steeplechase competition consisted of heats and a final.[5]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Gulnara Galkina (RUS) 8:58.81 Beijing, China 17 August 2008
Olympic record
2012 World leading   Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN) 9:07.14 Oslo, Norway 7 June 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 11:35 Round 1
Monday, 6 August 2012 21:05 Finals


Round 1Edit

Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes Qual.
1 Gesa Felicitas Krause   Germany 9:24.91 PB Q
2 Etenesh Diro   Ethiopia 9:25.31 Q
3 Milcah Chemos Cheywa   Kenya 9:27.09 Q
4 Polina Jelizarova   Latvia 9:27.21 NR Q
5 Gulnara Galkina   Russia 9:28.76 q
6 Barbara Parker   Great Britain 9:32.07
7 Li Zhenzhu   China 9:34.29 SB
8 Diana Martín   Spain 9:35.77 PB
9 Genevieve LaCaze   Australia 9:37.90 PB
10 Korene Hinds   Jamaica 9:37.95 SB
11 Salima El Ouali Alami   Morocco 9:44.62
12 Shalaya Kipp   United States 9:48.33
13 Sudha Singh   India 9:48.86
14 Sviatlana Kudzelich   Belarus 9:54.77
15 Binnaz Uslu   Turkey 10:31.00 Doping

Heat 2Edit

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes Qual.
1 Sofia Assefa   Ethiopia 9:25.42 Q
2 Habiba Ghribi   Tunisia 9:27.42 SB Q
3 Emma Coburn   United States 9:27.51 Q
4 Marta Domínguez   Spain 9:29.71 Q
5 Clarisse Cruz   Portugal 9:30.06 PB q
6 Yelena Orlova   Russia 9:33.14
7 Valentyna Zhudina   Ukraine 9:37.90
8 Lydia Chebet Rotich   Kenya 9:42.03
9 Stephanie Reilly   Ireland 9:44.77
10 Gülcan Mıngır   Turkey 9:47.35
11 Katarzyna Kowalska   Poland 9:48.60
12 Beverly Ramos   Puerto Rico 9:55.26
13 Cristina Casandra   Romania 9:58.83
14 Yin Annuo   China 10:09.10
15 Ángela Figueroa   Colombia 10:25.60

Heat 3Edit

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes Qual.
1 Hiwot Ayalew   Ethiopia 9:24.01 Q
2 Yuliya Zaripova   Russia 9:25.68 DSQ
3 Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge   Kenya 9:25.99 Q
4 Antje Moldner-Schmidt   Germany 9:26.57 SB Q
5 Bridget Franek   United States 9:29.86 q
6 Ancuța Bobocel   Romania 9:31.06
7 Dorcus Inzikuru   Uganda 9:35.29
8 Sandra Eriksson   Finland 9:50.71
9 Eilish McColgan   Great Britain 9:54.36
10 Kaltoum Bouaasayriya   Morocco 9:58.77
11 Silvia Danekova   Bulgaria 9:59.52
12 Svitlana Shmidt   Ukraine 10:01.09 Doping
12 Özlem Kaya   Turkey 10:03.52
13 Matylda Szlęzak   Poland 10:08.84


The runners line-up
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
  Habiba Ghribi   Tunisia 9:08.37 NR
  Sofia Assefa   Ethiopia 9:09.84
  Milcah Chemos Cheywa   Kenya 9:09.88
4 Hiwot Ayalew   Ethiopia 9:12.98
5 Etenesh Diro   Ethiopia 9:19.89 PB
6 Antje Moldner-Schmidt   Germany 9:21.78 SB
7 Gesa Felicitas Krause   Germany 9:23.52 PB
8 Emma Coburn   United States 9:23.54 PB
9 Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge   Kenya 9:26.73
10 Clarisse Cruz   Portugal 9:32.44
11 Polina Jelizarova   Latvia 9:38.56
12 Bridget Franek   United States 9:45.51
Gulnara Galkina   Russia DNF
DSQ Yuliya Zaripova   Russia 9:06.72 WL, PB
DSQ Marta Dominguez   Spain 9:36.45

1 On 24 March 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified Russian Yuliya Zaripova for doping and confirmed that she would be stripped of her gold medal.[6] On 4 June 2016 the gold medal was officially reallocated to second place Habiba Ghribi from Tunisia by the IOC[4] and IAAF updated the results. Marta Dominguez from Spain has been disqualified too.[7]


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Russia's Zaripova wins women's steeplechase". Guardian UK. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Ghribi receives Olympic and world gold medals". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. ^ Format Competition – Athletics
  6. ^ a b "3000m steeplechase women results – Athletics – London 2012".
  7. ^ "3000 METRES STEEPLECHASE WOMEN". IAAF. Retrieved 13 July 2016.