Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Gari Roba & Nahom Mesfin advance to Sunday’s Final

London, UK – Gari Roba and Nahom Mesfin of Ethiopia advanced to the final of the 3,000 Steeplechase on Sunday by finishing in the Top-5 positions of their respective heats here today.

Roba finished first in Heat 3 in 8:20.68, while Mesfin placed 5th (8:18.16) in Heat 1. Meanwhile, fellow compatriot Birhan Getahun, who was competing in Heat 2, was taken off the track on a wheelchair after he slammed straight into the hurdle and crashing hard to the track.

Today’s 3,000 Steeplechase Heat results:

Heat 1:

1  MEKHISSI-BENABBAD Mahiedine (France) 8:16.23 Q
2  JAGER Evan (USA) 8:16.61 Q
3  MUTAI Abel Kiprop (Kenya) 8:17.70 Q
4  AKDAG Tarik Langat (Turkey) 8:17.85 Q SB
5  MESFIN Nahom (Ethiopia) 8:18.16 q SB
6  KIPLAGAT Benjamin (Uganda) 8:18.44 q

 Heat 2:

1  KIPRUTO Brimin Kiprop (Kenya) 8:28.62 Q
2  FLORIANI Yuri (Italy) 8:29.01 Q
3  TALEB Brahim (Morocco) 8:29.02 Q
4  KESKISALO Jukka (Finland) 8:29.13 Q

Heat 3:

1  GARI Roba (Ethiopia) 8:20.68 Q
2  KEMBOI Ezekiel(Kenya) 8:20.97 Q
3  EZZINE Hamid (Morocco) 8:21.25 Q
4  CABRAL Donald (USA) 8:21.46 Q
5  LUCHIANOV Ion (Moldova) 8:22.09 q SB

Qualified for Next Round

 1.   Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (France) 8:16.23 
 2.   Evan Jager (U.S.)                    8:16.61 
 3.   Abel Kiprop Mutai (Kenya)            8:17.70 
 4.   Tarik Langat Akdag (Turkey)          8:17.85 
 5. Nahom Mesfin (Ethiopia) 8:18.16 
 6.   Benjamin Kiplagat (Uganda)           8:18.44 
 7. Roba Gari (Ethiopia) 8:20.68 
 8.   Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya)               8:20.97 
 9.   Hamid Ezzine (Morocco)               8:21.25 
 10.  Donald Cabral (U.S.)                 8:21.46 
 11.  Ion Luchianov (Moldova)              8:22.09 
 18.  Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (Kenya)        8:28.62 
 19.  Yuri Floriani (Italy)                8:29.01 
 20.  Brahim Taleb (Morocco)               8:29.02 
 21.  Jukka Keskisalo (Finland)            8:29.13
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