This steeplechase event is wide open heading into the Tokyo Olympics of 2021 because the previous year’s dominant performer hasn’t been quite as good.
2018 saw Beatrice Chepkoech set a new world record with a time of 8:44.32; 2019 saw her set a new championship record with a time of 8:57.84, winning by nearly five seconds.
Both at the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Championships, she placed fourth despite losing valuable time by missing a barrier.
She came back strong, winning 17 of 19 races in 2018 and 2019. She has also accumulated 7 of the 14 sub-9 minute steeplechase times in history.
The Kenyan had a great start to 2021, setting new world records in the 5km (14:43) and the 3000m (831.72) indoor events just three days apart.
However, she has yet to win a steeplechase race this year. During the Wanda Diamond League meet in Monaco, she ran a personal best of 9 minutes, 4.94 seconds to place a distant second.
The Women’s 3000 Metres Steeplechase
The most common steeplechase distance in track and field is 3000 metres, also known as the 3000-meter steeplechase (3000m SC).
Named after the steeplechase in horse racing, this is a 3000 metre obstacle course race.
At the Rabat Diamond League, Avinash Sable set a new national record in the 3000 metres steeplechase for the eighth time.
On Sunday at the Rabat Diamond League, Avinash Sable of India ran a 3000 metre steeplechase in a national record time of 8 minutes, 12 seconds.
Sable beat out 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Benjamin Kigen to finish fifth in the Moroccan race.
His timing was so good that he could have finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics.
At the Indian Grand Prix in Thiruvananthapuram in March of this year, the 27-year-old shaved nearly four seconds off his own previous national record (and personal best).
The time he ran the steeplechase in Rabat was a national record, the eighth time he has done so.
In 2018, at the inter state championships, he ran 8.29.80, shattering Gopal Saini’s 37-year-old record of 8.30.88.
It’s a part of the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships, and World Athletics officially recognises it as a competition.
The men’s obstacles have a height of 91.4 inches (36 inches), while the women’s are 30 inches (76.2 cm) (76.2 cm). Thanks for reading our article 3000m Steeplechase Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final
Following are the results of athletics men’s 3000m steeplechase final at the Tokyo Olympic Games here on Monday:
- Soufiane El Bakkali, Morocco, 8 minutes 8.90 seconds
- Lamecha Girma, Ethiopia, 8:10.38
- Benjamin Kigen, Kenya, 8:11.45
- Getnet Wale, Ethiopia, 8:14.97
- Yemane Haileselassie, Eritrea, 8:15.34
- Matthew Hughes, Canada, 8:16.03
- Ryuji Miura, Japan, 8:16.90
- Topi Raitanen, Finland, 8:17.44 SB
- Ala Zoghlami, Italy, 8:18.50
- Abraham Kibiwot, Kenya, 8:19.41
Kenya has not won a gold medal in the men’s 3000 metre steeplechase in more than 40 years.
On Monday at the Tokyo Olympics, 28-year-old Benjamin Kigen of Kenya was competing for his country’s 10th medal in the event, but he ultimately had to settle for bronze.
“Took the race by storm and came away with a medal. It is an honour to participate in the Olympics for the first time “As he finished the competition, he stated.
“As a result, there is a great deal of stress. Many of our past champions are people I know and have trained with. I’ll make sure to bring the [gold] medal the next time around.”