BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH AUG,2021-African silver medalist Emmanuel Korir clinched Kenya’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics when he won the men’s 800m final.
Korir clocked 1:45.06 to finish ahead of compatriot Ferguson Rotich (1:45.23) and Polish Patryk Dobek (1:45.39) in second and third respectively.
Korir surged forward past Dobek and Australian Peter Bol at the sound of the bell and held on for a first medal at a global championship.
His victory was made sweeter by the fact that he had been eliminated on Monday from the preliminary round of the men’s 400m after a false start.
On his part, Rotich, the world bronze medalist, started rather sluggishly and at one point seemed to be running out of steam as all the other runners put on the nitro-burners in the last lap.
However, the fastest man in the semis summoned all his strength to push past Bol and the Dobek —just when it seemed the Pole would be taking silver.