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Ferguson Rotich to redeem himself at Muller Games

Olympic 800m silver medallist, Ferguson Rotich will try to redeem his name at the Müller Diamond League that will be held on Saturday 21 May, at the newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Rotich was beaten hands down by the World U20 silver medallist Noah Kibet at the Doha Meeting last weekend, which was the first of the Diamond league series. This was the third defeat under the youngster after their first clash at the KipKeino Classic.

The 32 year-old who is also the World Championships Bronze medallist carries a life time best of 1:42.54 that he got at the 2019 Herculis meeting where he took the second position.

Ferguson will face-off with the Olympic bronze medallist, Patryk Dobek from Poland who also comes to this race with a personal best of 1:43.73 that he got last year at the ORLEN Janusz Kusocinski Memorial where he took the honors.

Noah Kibet reigns in 800m race in Doha

World U20 silver medallist Noah Kibet for the second time in a week beat Olympic 1500m silver medallist, Ferguson Rotich at the ongoing Doha Diamond League Meeting that is being held this evening (Friday 13) in Doha, Qatar.

The 18 year-old who is also the reigning World Indoor silver medallist crossed the finish line in a life time best of 1:49.08.

The KipKeiono continental champion was followed by Peter Bol from Australia who crossed the line in 1:49.35 with Pan American Games champion Marco Arop closing the podium three finishes in 1:49.56.

European U23 silver medallist champion, Daniel Rowden and the race favorite, Rotich finished in fourth and fifth place in a 1:49.56 and 1:50.48 respectively.

The world lead time of 1:43.69 was set by Zahafi Moad from Morocco last month at the Percy Beard Track, Gainesville, while the Meeting Record of 1:43.00 held by David Rudisha remained untouched.

LEADING TIME

800M MEN

  1. Noah Kibet          (KEN) 1:49.08
  2. Peter Bol              (AUS) 1:49.35
  3. Marco Arop         (CAN) 1:49.51
  4. Daniel Rowden   (GRT)  1:49.56
  5. Ferguson Rotich  (KEN) 1:50.48

Emmanuel Korir makes the statement in Zurich

Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir made a statement in 800m men’s race at the finals of the Wanda Diamond League series that were held on Thursday (9) night in Zurich.

Korir proved himself when he cemented his name in the history books of the Diamond league as he lifted his second trophy in style beating the best of the best over the distance.

Korir had been beaten twice by Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop at the Prefontaine Classic and Lausanne Diamond League but he turned the tables in Zurich when he gave a powerful kick with 60 metres to go to pass Ferguson Rotich who had taken the lead earlier to cross the line in 1:44.56.

Tokyo silver medallist, Rotich superlative performance at the Brussels Diamond League, was forced to settle in second place in a time of 1:44.96.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist, Clayton Murphy from the United States came home in third place in 1:45.21.

The 2019 Pan American Games gold medallist, Arop crossed the line in fourth in 1:45.23 with the limping Wycliff Kinyamal who had set a meet record a forth night ago at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial finishing last in 1:46.52

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.

Timothy Cheruiyot takes ISTAF 1500m title

World 1500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot continued his superb performance as he took top honors at the 77th edition of ISTAF Meeting that was held on Sunday (2) at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

The 2018 Diamond League winner battled for the honors as he faced his fellow country-mate Ferguson Rotich.

Cheruiyot who has been in a good shape this season proved that he is not yet done as he outclassed the 2014 World Relays gold medalist, Rotich, to cut the tape in 3:32.27 with the latter crossing the line in second place in 3:33.21.

Belgium’s Ismael Debjani closed the first three podium places as he came home in 3:34.40. The making of a legend continues.

World 3000m Steeplechase record holder takes on Chespol and Cherono in Brussels

World 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will headline the Final Zurich Brussels Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (31) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 27 year-old who became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 will face off with with Africa silver medallist Celliphine Chespol and bronze medallist Fancy Cherono.

Other Kenyans on the start list are former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.

The Kenyans water champions will battle for the honors with World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.

Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.

Korir shows class at Birmingham 800m race

Emmanuel Korir continued with his brilliance performance when he won the men 800m race at the Birmingham Diamond Stadium in Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

The 23 year-old took head on some of the best track runnesr that included World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi, 2014 World Relays gold Medalist Ferguson Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit.

Korir who won gold with the 4X400m team at African Senior Athletics Championships set a meter record at the event when he crossed the finish line in 1:42.72 with Kitilit coming in second in 1:43.53.

Manangoi the Rongai Athletics Club based runner closed the podium in third place with 1:44.15.

ASABA 2018: Nijel Amos Makes it Three in a Row Amidst Controversy

Continental Cup champion Botswana’s Nijel Amos pipped Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir for his third consecutive Africa 800m title in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.

Amos, won in one minute, 45.20 seconds to make it three in a row in a race marred by controversy.

The race saw the starter blast off before the athletes were ready, prompting some of them to stand still only to take off after the rest of the field was away.

The United States of America (USA) based Korir coached by the 1988 two lap race Olympics gold medalist Paul Ereng timed at 1:45.65 for silver.

Korir’s compatriots the 2014 World relays team champion Ferguson Rotich (1:45.91) and Jonathan Kitilit (1:46.88) finished fifth and sixth respectively.

ASABA 2018: Kenya’s Korir beats Botsawana’s Nijel Amos to Reach 800m Finals

Africa Indoor record holder Emmanuel Korir led Kenyans into qualifying into the finals of the men’s 800m at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Thursday.

Korir a United States of America (USA) based University student timed 1:46.91 to eclipse defending champion and Continental Cup winner Botsawana’s Nigel Amos who had to contend with the second spot in heat two of the event.

The 2014 World IAAF  4x400m relay gold medalist in Nassau, Bahamas,  Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich wọn heat 1 comfortably in a time of 1:48:18.

In the final heat, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games fourth place finisher, Kenya’s Jonathan Kitlit claimed victory winning in 1:46.55 which was the fastest time by a winner in the heats.

Emmanuel Korir shifts focus to Africa Championships

Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir performance in London has left many fans dreaming of how fast he can run, but the 23-year-old says this week’s African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, will be a major test.

The Kenyan excelled at the London Diamond League a week ago clocking a time of 1:42:05 in the men’s 800m, which stands out as the fastest in the world since 2012 and puts him sixth on the world all-time list, a front-running exhibition reminiscent of David Rudisha’s world record, Olympic gold medal-winning run on the same track five years earlier.

“I accosted Nijel Amos to see if he could run at the front to maybe like 600 meters, but he was telling me that he wasn’t feeling good,” explains Korir.

Amos had run 1:42:14 in Monaco in early July. “So I had to take a risk. I was feeling like maybe I could lose the race, but I thought, ‘no, let’s try it: I’m going to hold it’. And that is how it happened.”

Now his focus is on the Africa championships, which starts on Wednesday in Asaba, Nigeria. “Heats, semis and finals, it will not be easy,” says Korir, pondering a rematch with Botswana’s Nijel Amos. “1:42 is not satisfying. If I get some guys who are strong and can push me all the way to the finish line, it will be crazy.” Korir won the Kenyan title at the 400m distance.

Korir built a reputation on the U.S. collegiate circuit, where he went on an unbeaten run that lasted a year and included a world indoor best of 1:14:47 over 600m, and indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. That streak didn’t stop away from U.S. shores.

First he won the Kenyan trials, beating the likes of 2016 IAAF Diamond League champion Ferguson Rotich, to confirm his spot at the World Championships. Then, on his IAAF Diamond League debut, he destroyed a world-class field by more than a second in Monaco sizzling to a 1:43.10, the fastest time of 2017.

But the rounds in London proved to be too difficult. Although he won his heat, in the next day’s semis he came in fourth.

His undefeated season and World Championships campaign were wrecked. Talking from massage table 11 months on from that ignominy, his feelings couldn’t be more different. “Last year, when I was in London, I was so disappointed. But right now? I think I like it,” Korir recalls.

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