Steeplechaser Loses Gold Medal For Taking Off His Shirt During Race

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was running in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the European Athletics Championships, clear ahead of the field, when he took off his shirt in the final stretch to celebrate. That topless jubilation cost him his gold medal. » 8/15/14 12:47pm 8/15/14 12:47pm

High School Runner Eats It Ten Meters From State Title

There are a number of pain-filled track and field disciplines, but none combine to break your heart and body quite as perfectly as the 3000-meter steeplechase. » 6/11/14 7:56pm 6/11/14 7:56pm

Donn Cabral Is Becoming An Expert On Lyme Disease

Donn Cabral is an expert at the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He capped off an undefeated 2012 collegiate season with Princeton by winning the NCAA Outdoor Championships in that event, setting an American collegiate record of 8:19.14 and placing eighth at the 2012 Olympic Games. He's not an expert on Lyme disease, but… » 5/26/14 9:59pm 5/26/14 9:59pm

Ethiopian Steeplechaser Slams Into Race's Final Hurdle, Leaves Track In…

Here's pretty much the definition of "agony of defeat": Ethiopian steeplechase competitor Birhan Getahun, already far at the back of his qualifying heat at the end of the race, fails to navigate the final hurdle and slams down to the track. (Steeplechase hurdles, unlike those used in the hurdle events proper, don't… » 8/03/12 12:00pm 8/03/12 12:00pm

Saratoga Opens With Three Dead Horses On The First Day

The Summer Meet doesn't officially begin until tomorrow—Sunday was just the Open House, "a free family event that unofficially opens the track each year." Hopefully the families enjoyed the steeplechase events, in which three horses broke down in the first three races. All were euthanized. [Times Union] » 7/19/12 1:55pm 7/19/12 1:55pm

Runner Shoved Mascot (Who May Have Been A 14-Year-Old Girl) After…

His name is Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and he won gold in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the European athletics championship held in Helsinki. After crossing the finish line he stalked over to some tiny mascot, slapped something out of its hands and shoved it out of the way. Information provided by the YouTube… » 7/01/12 4:14pm 7/01/12 4:14pm

BYU Runner's Epic Steeplechase Fail Is Even Funnier In A Frame-By-Frame…

BYU senior Katy Andrews did us all a favor when she humbly uploaded that hilarious video of her grand crash into the water jump during a weekend steeplechase event. And now that the Salt Lake Tribune has broken the entire episode down in HD, image by image, it's obvious that, just after it happened, Andrews might have… » 5/03/12 4:35pm 5/03/12 4:35pm

Running Into A Steeplechase Barrier Looks Just As Funny As You Might…

Let's give BYU senior Katy Andrews some credit here. She's the one who uploaded this video of herself failing to negotiate the water jump during the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Saturday's Robison Invitational. "I think I caught the toe of my spike a couple steps before the barrier," Andrews writes on the video's… » 5/01/12 12:20pm 5/01/12 12:20pm

Britain's Grand National Is The World's Most-Watched Horse Slaughter

An estimated 600 million people worldwide watched Saturday's 165th Grand National, the annual steeplechase held outside Liverpool with a purse worth more than $1.5 million. Outside of World Cup finals and India-Pakistan cricket matches, it is the world's most-viewed sporting event (it has four times as many viewers… » 4/19/12 4:10pm 4/19/12 4:10pm

This Is What It Looks Like To Almost Get Trampled By A Runaway Racehorse

Hickey posted about this traumatizing moment at the Grand Annual Steeplechase at Australia's Warrnambool carnival this morning, when a wild racehorse leaped over a fence and into a crowd of people, injuring an 80-year-old woman and a two-year-old boy and scaring the shit out of an unspecified number of people. Now… » 5/06/11 6:15pm 5/06/11 6:15pm

Tiny Athlete Disqualified Over Stepstool

Papua New Guinea's Sapolai Yao — all 4'10" of him — was disqualified in the steeplechase finals of the Commonwealth Games for using a potted plant to clamber over the hurdle. » 10/15/10 12:20pm 10/15/10 12:20pm