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Emmanuel Korir Delivers Kenya’s First Gold In Tokyo

Kenya won its first Olympic Gold medal in Tokyo on Wednesday courtesy of Emmanuel Korir in the 800m race during 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Korir produced a scintillating performance to win the race 1:45.06, with his compatriot Ferguson Korir grabbing silver in a time of 1:45.23.

The bronze medal went to Polish runner Patryk Dobek in 1:45.39 with Botswana’s  Nijel Amos,who is the fastest man in the world this year over the distance,coming in a distant eight position in a time of 1:46.41.

Amos had to be reinstated  for the final after a fall in his heat saw him jog to the finish line along with fellow stumbler Isaiah Jewett, forcing the last race to have nine athletes instead of usual eight.


Korir’s victory ensured that Kenya kept the 800m race status as Daniel Rudisha won the gold medal in the last two Olympics; London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Wilfred Bungei also won the title in Beijing 2008 when he finished the two-lap race in a fastest time of 1 minute 44.65 seconds.

Full 800m Final Results

1. Emmanuel Korir KEN 1:45.06 🥇🇰🇪
2. Ferguson Rotich KEN 1:45.23 🥈🇰🇪
3. Patryk Dobek POL 1:45.39🥉🇵🇱
4. Peter Bol AUS 1:45.92
5. Adrian Ben ESP 1:45.96
6. Amel Tuka BIH 1:45.98
7. Gabriel Tual FRA 1:46.03
8. Nijel Amos BOT 1:46.41
9. Clayton Murphy USA 1:46.53



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