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Bernard Barmasai (born 6 May 1974 in Keiyo) is an athlete from Kenya. He specialised in steeplechase running but is nowadays a marathoner.

He set the new 3000 metres steeplechase world record of 7:55.72 on 24 August 1997 in Cologne. The record was broken by Brahim Boulami from Morocco in 2001. The time survived as a Kenyan Record until July 2011, when Brimin Kipruto ran a new African Record time of 7:53.64.

Barmasai won the Eurocross in 1997,[1] before going on to win the team gold with Kenya at that year's IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Barmasai suffered from knee injuries and was mostly sidelined in 2002 and 2003. This prompted him to quit steeplechase and switch to marathons.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Kenya
1995 All-Africa Games Harare, Zimbabwe 1st 3000 m st
1997 World Cross Country Championships Turin, Italy 6th Long race
1st Team
World Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 3000 m st
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 3rd 3000 m st
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd 3000 m st
Goodwill Games New York, United States 1st 3000 m st
African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st 3000 m st
IAAF World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd 3000 m st
1999 IAAF Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 1st 3000 m st
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 4th 3000 m st
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 3rd 3000 m st



  1. ^ Civai, Franco & Gasparovic, Juraj (28 February 2009). Eurocross 10.2 km (men) + 5.3 km (women). Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  2. ^ IAAF, 19 November 2003: Barmasai is on the road to further glory

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Preceded by
  Wilson Boit Kipketer
Men's Steeplechase World Record Holder
24 August 1997 – 24 August 2001
Succeeded by
  Brahim Boulami
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  John Kosgei
Men's 3,000 m Steeple Best Year Performance
1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
  Brahim Boulami