Rotich, Saruni and Korir slay into 800m semis at Tokyo Olympics

All Kenyan 800m athletes qualified to compete into the semifinals of the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Ferguson Rotich, Michael Saruni and Emmanuel Korir all cut into the semifinals that will be run on Sunday morning in search of a final entry to retain the title that was won by David Rudisha in both 2016 and 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and London in England respectively.

The world 800m bronze medalist Rotich won the first fastest heat of all times 1:43.45 ahead of Australia’s Peter Bol in 1:44.13 for second place as Great Britain’s Elliot Giles timed 1:44.49 to secure the third automatic qualification slot to the semis.

National champion Saruni was in second position in Heat 4, behind Botswana’s Amos Nijel (1:45.04) with Saruni clocking 1:45.21 while Spain’s Adrian Ben romped home 1.45.30 for third place.

Korir won Heat 6 in 1:45.33 ahead of Poland’s Mateusz Borkowski (1:45.34) and Bryce Hoppel of the US (1:45.64).

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