Olympics Summer

Women's 3000-metre Steeplechase

Who to look out for in the women's 3000-metre steeplechase.

NameGulnara Samitova- Galkina
CountryRussia
CredentialsWorld record holder at 9:01.59 she won the Russian Championships July 18 with the third fastest time in history (9:08.22).

NameYekaterina Volkova
CountryRussia
Credentials2007 IAAF World Champion Volkova was excused from Russian championships because of her gold medal. Best time of 9:06.57 from Osaka 2007.

NameTatyana Petrova
CountryRussia
CredentialsSecond in the Russian Championships in 9:15.84.

NameEunice Jepkorir
CountryKenya
Credentials2007 IAAF World Championship bronze medalist. Best time of 9:11.18 came this season in Huelva, the second fastest time in the world. Only second at Kenyan trials but like many Kenyans she did only enough to make the team.

NameDonna MacFarlane
CountryAustralia
CredentialsBronze medalist at the Commonwealth Games. Third in the Oslo Golden League meet in personal best time of 9:18.35.

 

On a roll

World record holder Gulnara Samitova- Galkina beat a quality field in the Oslo Golden League race that included her Russian teammate Yekaterina Volkova who was spared having to run the Russian trials. She also ran the third fastest time in history to win the Russian trials.

Under the radar

Just 20 years old, Ruth Bosibori won the Kenyan Olympic trials in a pedestrian time of 9:48.78  beating Eunice Jepkorir. A year ago she set a world junior record of 9:25.25 when finishing 4th in the IAAF World Championships.

The Lowdown

While the Kenyan men dominate the men's steeplechase it is the Russian women who threaten a 1-2-3 sweep of the women's steeplechase. Samitova-Galkina looks invincible.

Who will be the first Olympic gold medalist ever in the women's 3,000 steeplechase?  With heats to be qualified the Russians will be ever so cautious. The Kenyans on the other hand have a tendency to run recklessly.