- Rotich ran the fastest time as all three Kenyans qualified for the semi finals
- Botswana’s Nigel Amos will pose the biggest threat for the Kenyans as he was impressive in Heat Four
- Saruni also impressed in his first ever Olympics for Team Kenya
- The semi finals will take place on Sunday, August 1
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Kenyan trio of Michael Saruni, Ferguson Rotich and Emmanuel Korir comfortably made their way to the 800m semi finals in the Tokyo Olympics thanks to impressive performances in their respective heats.
Ferguson Rotich, a world 800m bronze medalist ran the fastest outside an Olympic final as he clocked 1:43.75 to easily glide into the semis.
Emmanuel Korir also won his race in Heat Six, although he had to dig deep in the final 50 metres to edge Poland’s Mateusz Borkowski.
In Heat Four, Michael Saruni emerged second in a tough race which was won by Botswana’s Nigel Amos.
Rotich’s race was quite interesting as he chose to run in the middle of the pack in what is typically a risky strategy.
However, when the bell ran for the final lap, the 31 year old upped his gear to spring to the front of all runners and by the time the athletes were heading into the final 200m, it was almost certain he would win.
For Saruni, this was his first ever Olympics, and despite the pressure, he kept his cool to manage a second place finish behind the evergreen Nigel Amos.
Amos is the fastest man in the 800m this season and managed to win the race in 1:45.04, while Saruni clocked 1:45.21.
Heat six also provided an interesting show as Korir beat Poland’s Borkowski by a mere microsecond.
Korir, 26, ran his race in 1:45:33 while the Polish international came in second with 1:45.34.
Like Rotich, Korir stayed in the middle of the pack for large parts until the final moments when he burst into pace to finish first.
How many Kenyans have qualified for semis and finals on the tracks?
With the Tokyo Olympics well into its eighth day, Kenya is yet to register any medals.
The first medal in the tracks was won by Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega in the 10000m finals in a race where the best performing Kenyan was Rodgers Kwemoi who finished in seventh place.
There is still hope in the 3000m steeplechase as Benjamin Kigen and Abraham Kibiwott safely went through to the finals but Leonard Bett was not so lucky in Heat Three.
In the women’s 800, Mary Moraa was the only Kenyan to book a slot in the semi-finals while there is massive expectation in the 5000m finals for the women as Hellen Obiri, Lilian Kasait and Agnes Tirop all qualified.
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Source: Kenya Breaking News Today