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Women 3000-meter steeplechase at Olympics

3000 meter Steeplechase for Women at Olympics: The steeplechase event has some similarities with the hurdling event. Like the hurdle races, in steeplechase also, the athletes have to overcome some obstacles set on their way to the finishing line. The 3000 meter is the standard distance covered in the steeplechase event. The 3000 meter steeplechase event has made its major international debut in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships. Women have started competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase event in 1999.

3000 meter Steeplechase for Women in Summer Olympics: The 3000 meter steeplechase event has never been contested at the Summer Games. However, the event will made its debut in the 2012 London Olympics.

Rules for 3000 meter Steeplechase for Women at Olympics: The International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has set rules for the track and field athletic events. The rules followed during the 3000 meter steeplechase event at the international competitions are -

  • The timing device, which is used for measuring the time of the race, has to be approved by the IAAF.
  • The 3000 meter steeplechase event should include 28 jumps and 7 water jumps.
  • In each lap of the 3000 meter steeplechase race, five jumps should be taken by the athlete. The fourth jump would be water jump.
  • The length of the water pit is determined by the IAAF.
  • The height of the obstacles should be less than the hurdles used during the hurdle races.
  • The athletes have to go through the water jump. Jumping on one side of the water pit can lead to a disqualification. However, the athletes are allowed to go over the hurdles in any possible manner.
  • Obstructing competitors' way during the race will make an athlete liable to be disqualified from the competition.
  • An athlete stepping out of the track during the race is considered to be out of competition.

Medal Winners in the 3000 meter Steeplechase for Women at Olympics: Dorcus Inzikuru, Yekaterina Volkova, Jeruto Kiptum and Gulnara Samitova are some of the renowned steeplechase athletes at the international level.

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