Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 15–17 October
Competitors 30 from 19 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Gaston Roelants  Belgium
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maurice Herriott  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ivan Belyayev  Soviet Union
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The men's 3000 metres steeplechase was the only steeplechase on the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 15 October and 17 October 1964. 30 athletes from 19 nations entered, with 1 not starting in the first round. The first round was held on 15 October and the final on 17 October.[1]

New Olympic records for the event were set in two of the three heats as well as in the final, for a total of three out of four races resulting in a new record.


First round

The top three runners in each of the 3 heats as well as the fastest remaining runner advanced.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Manuel Oliveira  Portugal 8:40.8
2 Ivan Belyayev  Soviet Union 8:42.0
3 Ben Assou El Ghazi  Morocco 8:42.8
4 Vic Zwolak  United States 8:43.6
5 Zenji Okuzawa  Japan 8:50.0
6 Slavko Špan  Yugoslavia 8:57.6
7 József Mácsár  Hungary 9:08.8
8 Dieter Hartmann  United Team of Germany 9:09.2
9 Jean Toffey Ekonian  Ivory Coast 9:47.4
Bengt Perssoon  Sweden Did not start

Gustaffson and Young tied the old Olympic record, but Herriott beat it by 1.2 seconds.

Herriott's Olympic record did not last long, as Alexeiunas dropped another 1.2 seconds off of the record in the very next heat.


Alexeiunas could not match his record-setting pace from the heats, falling to 7th in the final. Herriott, who had set the record Alexeiunas had broken, improved on his own time but could not reach Alexeiunas's record as he placed second. Roelants, the world record-holder who had run behind Alexeiunas in the heat, turned out victorious in the final, breaking the Soviet's record by a full second to set a third new record in the event.


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo: Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase". Retrieved 21 November 2017.

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