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Tokyo Olympics: Kenya Gets First Gold Medal


Korir finished in 1:45.06 in the 800m final on Wednesday, August 4.

Emmanuel Korir has ended Kenya’s wait for its first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

This is after he finished in 1:45.06 in the 800m final on Wednesday, August 4.

His fellow countryman Ferguson Rotich took silver to ensure Kenya maintains its blossoming relationship with the gold medal in the 800m race.

Emmanuel Korir won Kenya’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games on August 4, 2021. /TWITTER 

Wilfred Bungei won gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing while David Rudisha is a back-to-back Olympic champion in the races, having won in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Poland’s Patryk Dobek (1:45.39) took a surprise bronze, as Australia’s Peter Bol, who had led in the early stages of the race, finishing fourth outside the medal places in 1:45.92.

Botswana’s Amos Nigel, the 2012 London Olympics silver medallist and the pre-race favourite owing to his world dominance, finished an underwhelming eighth place in 1:46.41.

Nigel was a late inclusion in the final after taking a hard fall in the semi-finals.

Kenya’s 800m legend David Rudisha holds the world record (1:40.91), and has won the gold in the last two Olympics – London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Earlier, Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai appeared to have endangered Kenya’s hopes of a first gold medal when she won the 3000m steeplechase final.

Chemutai produced an outstanding performance to out-sprint Courtney Frerichs of the United States, with Kenya’s Hvyin Kiyeng settling for bronze in the race.

Chemutai finished fourth in the 2019 World Championships that was dominated by Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech, the world record holder and world champion, who struggled in the race in Tokyo.

Kenya’s Hvyin Kiyeng in action at the 3000m steeplechase final on August 4, 2021. /TWITTER



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