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3000 metres steeplechase men World Championships

Who wins 3000 metres steeplechase men at the World Championships in Athletics 2019?

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2019 World Championships in Athletics - Men's 3000 metres Steeplechase

How it works

Runners make bunched standing starts (and can break immediately for the inside). The number of laps depends on the position of the water jump – outside or inside the track’s second bend – but competitors must always clear seven water jumps and 28 fixed barriers during a race’s duration.

The women’s barriers are 30in (76.2cm) high, the men’s are 36in (91.4cm). The water jump’s landing area is 70cm at its deepest and 12ft (3.66m) long.


This event has its origins in Britain; runners would race from one town’s steeple to the next, jumping obstacles such as streams and low walls. The current event can be traced to the two-mile steeplechases run at Oxford University in the mid-19th century. It was made a track event, with barriers, at the 1879 English Championships.

The current format has been contested by men in every Olympic Games (initially over varying distances) since 1900. As recently as 2008, the women’s event was introduced.

Did you know?

When Amos Biwott became the first Kenyan to win the Olympic gold, in 1968, he did so by leaping over the water jump without putting his foot on top of the barrier.

2019 World Championships: World Olympic 3000m steeplechase Champion to Renew Rivalry with African counterpart

An eagerly awaited clash on the track in the men’s 3000m steeplechase will feature Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya’s world and Olympic champion) and Soufiane El Bakkali (2018 world leader) of Morocco.

The two were involved in one of the most unforgettable and dramatic races of 2018 in Zurich where El Bakkali was overhauled by Kipruto on the home straight to clinch the Diamond League title (8:10.15 to 8:10.19), despite losing his left spike in the second lap.

"That was a victory I will never forget, I had a lot of pain on my left foot but I fought until the end,” said Kipruto.

"I am looking forward to opening my track season here in Doha where I expect another tough race against Soufiane. My main goal [in 2019] is to defend my title at the Doha World Championships but I want to start my track season with a victory here.”

The line-up also features fellow Kenyans Benjamin Kigen, Amos Kirui, and Leonard Bett along with Ethiopia’s Chala Beyo, who won the steeplechase in Doha last year when it was a non-scoring event.


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