|Men's 3000 metres steeplechase|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||August 16 (heats)|
August 18 (final)
|Competitors||40 from 27 nations|
The qualifying standards were 8:24.60 (A standard) and 8:32.00 (B standard).
Brimin Kipruto, who won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, became the seventh Kenyan runner in a row to win this event at the Olympics. In total Kenya won nine gold medals in the 3000m steeplechase since 1968, but none of those medalists was ever able to defend his title.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Saif Saaeed Shaheen (QAT)||7:53.63||Brussels, Belgium||3 September 2004|
|Olympic record||Julius Kariuki (KEN)||8:05.51||Seoul, South Korea||30 September 1988|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
Legend: Q=Qualified top 4 in heat; q=Qualified by time; DNF=Did Not Finish; DNS=Did Not Start; DQ=Disqualified; NR=National Record; PB=Personal Best; SB=Season Best
|Brimin Kiprop Kipruto||Kenya (KEN)||8:10.34||SB|
|Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad||France (FRA)||8:10.49||PB|
|Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong||Kenya (KEN)||8:11.01|
|4||Yacob Jarso||Ethiopia (ETH)||8:13.47||NR|
|5||Bouabdellah Tahri||France (FRA)||8:14.79|
|6||Youcef Abdi||Australia (AUS)||8:16.36||PB|
|7||Ezekiel Kemboi||Kenya (KEN)||8:16.38|
|8||Abubaker Ali Kamal||Qatar (QAT)||8:16.59|
|9||Benjamin Kiplagat||Uganda (UGA)||8:20.27|
|10||Mustafa Mohamed||Sweden (SWE)||8:20.69|
|11||Tareq Mubarak Taher||Bahrain (BRN)||8:21.59|
|12||Ion Luchianov||Moldova (MDA)||8:27.82|
|13||Anthony Famiglietti||United States (USA)||8:31.21|
|14||Ruben Ramolefi||South Africa (RSA)||8:34.58|
|15||Abdelkader Hachlaf||Morocco (MAR)||9:02.06|
|1000m||Ruben Ramolefi||South Africa||2:46.97|