Emmanuel Korir gives Kenya its first Gold medal in 800m race

Emmanuel Korir gives Kenya its first Gold medal in 800m race

Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir gave Kenya its first gold medal when he won the men’s 800m final at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games.

The 26-year-old athlete, who is the sixth-fastest 800m runner of all time, stormed to the front to take an impressive gold when he crossed the line in 1:45.ahead of teammate Ferguson Rotich who pulled 1:45.23 to take the silver medal.

Poland’s Patryk Dobek closed the first three podium finishes when he crossed the line in 1:45.39.

There was a big disappointment for Botswana’s Nijel Amos – the fastest man in the world this year over 800m – who finished eighth in 1:46.41.

There was always going to be a new gold medallist in the 800m, after double Olympic champion (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and world record holder David Rudisha withdrew from contention due to injury in May.

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