Originating in the British Isles, the 3000m Steeplechase was originally a foot race between the steeples in a town. The steeples were used in this race because they were the most visible marker over long distances. Through the courses athletes would inevitably have to jump streams and low stone walls separating estates. The modern athletics event actually originates from a two-mile long steeplechase that was developed by Oxford University.
During this event runner must clear a total of 28 barriers and seven water jumps all while running 7.5 laps around the 400m track. These Long Distance Races require very strong cardio respiratory function, flexibility, strength, and technical ability to clear hurdles and water jump effectively without getting winded.
During each of the laps the runner will encounter 4 hurdles and 1 water jump. This is done 7.5 times before the completion of the race. The only difference between the Men’s and Women’s Event is the height of the barrier (91.4cm for Men and 76.2cm for Women). The Water Jumps require the most focus as the 3.66m long pool is much shallower the further the athletes get from the jump. With a depth of up to 70cm the athletes leap as far as they can so as to land in the shallowest sections in an attempt to maintain speed and take the gold.