Aug. 21, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Robert Gary, cross country head coach and assistant track coach at Ohio State, competed in the prelimary rounds of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Gary, competing in his second Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996), placed 12th in Heat No. 2 in a time of 8:38.01, falling shy of the steeple final on Tuesday. Gary qualified for his second Oympic bid with a third-place finish at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in a personal-best time of 8:19.46. In 1996, Gary finished 11th in Heat No. 1 of the steeple prelims, clocking an 8:49.68 and missing the finals. Brimin Kipruto of Kenya won Heat No. 2 in a time of 8:15.11. Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin of Qatar posted the top time in the preliminary rounds at 8:17.89. In Heat No. 1, U.S. trials champion Dan Lincoln was only the U.S. team member to qualify for the final, racing to a time of 8:19.62 and a fourth-place finish in Heat No. 1. Anthony Famiglietti of the U.S. also missed the final, taking eighth in Heat No. 3 at 8:31.59. For complete track and field results at the 2004 Olympic Games please visit

2004 Olympics – Track and Field Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase – Preliminary Heat 2 1. KIPRUTO, Brimin (KEN) 8:15.11 Q 2. VROEMEN, Simon (NED) 8:15.28 Q 3. MARTIN, Luis Miguel (ESP) 8:16.90 Q 4. MOHAMED, Mustafa (SWE) 8:19.37 5. LEDAUPHIN, Vincent (FRA) 8:20.13 6. ZAKRZEWSKI, Jan (POL) 8:23.72 7. USOV, Roman (RUS) 8:24.19 8. SLOBODENYUK, Vadym (UKR) 8:24.84 9. CHEMLAL, Abdelatif (MAR) 8:29.36 10. SHIFERAW, Tewodros (ETH) 8:33.15 11. MAAZOUZ, Abdelhakim (ALG) 8:36.12 12. GARY, Robert (USA) 8:38.01 13. RAMOLEFI, Ruben 8:46.17 14. 411 IBRAHIM, Bashir 8:48.65 N

2004 Olympics – Track and Field 3,000m Steeplechase Qualifiers for Finals (Tuesday, Aug. 24) SAIFELDIN, Khamis Abdullah (QAT) 8:17.89 Q KEMBOI, Ezekiel (KEN) 8:18.20 Q TAHRI, Bouabdallah (FRA) 8:18.98 Q KIPRUTO, Brimin (KEN) 8:15.11 Q VROEMEN, Simon (NED) 8:15.28 Q SB MARTIN, Luis Miguel (ESP) 8:16.90 Q AMER, Musa Obaid (QAT) 8:23.94 Q JIMENEZ, Antonio David (ESP) 8:24.13 Q KOECH, Paul Kipsiele (KEN) 8:24.68 Q MOHAMED, Mustafa (SWE) 8:19.37 LINCOLN, Daniel (USA) 8:19.62 LEDAUPHIN, Vincent (FRA) 8:20.13 EZZINE, Ali (MAR) 8:20.18 MARTIN, Eliseo (ESP) 8:21.88 POPLAWSKI, Radoslaw (POL) 8:22.16 ZAKRZEWSKI, Jan (POL) 8:23.72 USOV, Roman (RUS) 8:24.19 SLOBODENYUK, Vadym 8:24.84