<p">The 3,000 m
steeplechase produced one of the biggest surprises at the European Athletic
Championships in Gothenburg. Almost as sensational as Jan Fitschen’s victory at
the 10,000 m, the Finn Jukka Keskisalo won gold – and once again the favourite
Spanish runners were beaten. The 25 year-old Finn took over the lead from José
Luis Blanco almost without resistance on the home stretch and clocked 8:24,89 minutes. The Spaniard finished
second and Bob Tahri (France) took the bronze medal in 8:27,15.
cheered Swedish Mustafa Mohamed as he increased the pace and took the lead with
three laps to go. And he was leading one lap. With the bell and the last 400 m to
go, the Spaniard Blanco led already. Tahri was on the third position behind
Mohamed. But then somebody came from behind and nobody would have expected him.
Jukka Keskisalo overtook one after another and is now European Champion. Ninth
of the World Championships in 2003 he is currently ranked number 14 in the European
top list. Last year he had to withdraw from competing due to an injury. „That
is a big surprise for me,“ said the Finn after the race, „I knew that I would
have a chance when the pace would be slow. I have a good kick.”