Athletics-Korir extends Kenya’s 800m dominance

TOKYO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir gained the Olympic men’s 800 metres gold

TOKYO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir gained the Olympic men’s 800 metres gold medal on Wednesday, extending the East African nation’s dominance of an party they have now won four occasions in a row.

His compatriot Ferguson Rotich took silver and Patryk Dobek of Poland claimed the bronze.

Kenya’s double Olympic gold medallist David Rudisha’s persistent injuries denied him the chance to protect his title, opening a route for a new champion to arise and Korir run his way to victory with a time of 1:45.06.

He unfold his arms vast as he crossed the line as if to announce that he was prepared to think Rudisha’s mantle as king of the 800 metres.

“I will not know what to say, just thanks to God,” he stated. “This is a significant issue for me following failing to qualify for the final in the 2017 and 2019 planet championships. But now is my day.

“It truly is been my prayer to be an Olympian, and now I am,” he additional.

Arriving in Japan boasting the 2nd primary time of the 12 months, Korir began the race quickly, relocating up to second guiding Australia’s Peter Bol who established the early tempo.

“There was no person who preferred to just take the rate, so I just claimed I was going to handle it,” Korir explained. “The Australian dude, Bol (Peter, who led off the last bend), he did a little something good for me.”

Korir accelerated with 200 metres remaining and surged to the line ahead of Rotich, who pushed tough in the final 50m to make it a Kenyan 1-two as he clocked 1:45.23.

“My prediction was that we would get a a single-two-3,” he claimed, referring to Michael Saruni, who unsuccessful to progress to the ultimate.

Rotich mentioned he was happy with the consequence for Kenya.

“We have been ready to deliver a gold medal to our place. These days we introduced a silver and a gold, so it is really a as well as to our nation and our life,” he stated.

As the race was coming to its past stretch, Rotich said that he recognized he was not in a medal posture.

“A believed arrived in my head that ‘oh, you are late’. And I just came out very quickly and I moved forward,” he mentioned.

Dobek’s bronze was Poland’s 1st Olympic medal in the 800m and initial medal in an specific running party given that 1980.

“This is a historic medal for Poland at the Olympic Online games. I’m really thrilled,” Dobek explained.

The Pole experienced only started off operating the 800m in 2021. “I am a new 800 runner. I switched from 400 hurdles. This was a superior concept to switch the distance,” he extra.

Reporting by Omar Mohammed, enhancing by Clare Fallon, Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge

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