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

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Women's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Gold medal winner Habiba Ghribi
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date4–6 August
Competitors44 from 26 nations
Winning time9:08.37
1st place, gold medalist(s) Habiba Ghribi  Tunisia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sofia Assefa  Ethiopia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Milcah Chemos Cheywa  Kenya
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The Women's 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 4–6 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

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 format

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 1

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

Heat 1

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 2

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 DSQ
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 3

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
1st place, gold medalist(s) Habiba Ghribi  Tunisia 9:08.37 NR
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sofia Assefa  Ethiopia 9:09.84
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 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]


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