Q&A #15

The official world record in the 3000-meter steeplechase for men is held by Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar (formerly Stephen Cherono of Kenya) at 7:53.63 and was set on September 3, 2004 during the Memorial van Damme in Brussels. On August 16, 2002 Brahim Boulami of Morocco ran 7:53.17 but this has not been ratified by the IAAF, as Boulami was banned for two years in 2003 after testing positive for EPO.

The first person to run the steeplechase in under eight minutes was Moses Kiptanui of Kenya, who ran it in 7:59.18 on August 16, 1995 in Zürich, Switzerland.

The official world record in the 3000 m steeplechase for women is held by Gulnara Galkina-Samitova of Russia at 8:58.81 and was set at the 2008 Olympics. She is the only woman to have run it under nine minutes.

Mark Rowland coach of the Oregon Track Club holds the British record of 8.07.96. This won him the Bronze at the 1988 Olympics.

Steeplechase (athletics)

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2006 NEWMAC Championships, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Women's 3000 meter World Athletics Championships 2007 in Osaka
Women's steeplechase at the 2008 World Junior Championships, in Bydgoszcz
Steeplechase race, Celtic Park, N.Y. through water

The steeplechase is an obstacle race in athletics, which derives its name from the steeplechase in horse racing.


According to IAAF rules, barrier height is 914 mm (36 in) for men and 762 mm (30 in) for women. Unlike those used in hurdling, steeplechase barriers do not fall over if hit; some runners actually step on top of them. Four barriers are spaced around the track on level ground, and a fifth barrier at the top of the second turn (fourth barrier in a complete lap from the finish line) is the water jump, which consists of a barrier followed by a pit of water which is 3.66 m (12 ft) long and slopes upward from 700 mm (27.6 in) deep at the barrier end to even with the surface of the track. This slope rewards runners with more jumping ability, because a longer jump results in a shallower landing in the water.


Water jump in the steeplechase 1908 Summer Olympics in London

The event originated in the British Isles. Runners raced from one town's steeple to the next. The steeples were used as markers due to their visibility over long distances. Along the way runners inevitably had to jump streams and low stone walls separating estates. The modern athletics event originates from a two-mile cross country steeplechase that formed part of the Oxford University sports (in which many of the modern athletics events were founded) in 1860. It was replaced in 1865 by an event over barriers on a flat field, which became the modern steeplechase. It has been an Olympic event since the inception of the modernOlympics, though with varying lengths. Since the 1968 Summer Olympics the steeplechase in the Olympics has been dominated by Kenyan athletes, including a clean sweep of the medals at the 2004 Games.

The steeplechase for women (3,000 metres long, but with lower barriers than for the men) made its first major championship appearance at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. In 2008, Women's 3,000 meters steeplechase appeared for the first time on the Olympic tracks in Beijing (see Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 3000 metre steeplechase).

[edit]World record progression

[edit]Men (manual timing)

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  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
8:19.1  Ben Jipcho (KEN) Helsinki 1973-06-19

The length of the race is usually 3000 m; junior and some masters events are 2000 m, as women's events formerly were. The circuit has four ordinary barriers and one water jump. Over 3000 m, each runner must clear a total of 28 ordinary barriers and seven water jumps. This entails seven complete laps after starting with a fraction of a lap run without barriers. The water jump is located on the back turn, either inside the inner lane or outside the outer lane. If it is on the outside, then each of the seven laps is longer than the standard 400 m, and the starting point is on the home straight. If the water jump is on the inside, each lap is shorter than 400 m, the starting point is on the back straight, and the water jump is bypassed at the start.[edit]