Ferguson Rotich was in sensational form on Saturday at the Mueller Anniversary games, a Diamond League meet. Rotich took command of the race in the final straight and unleashed his typical long striding finish that left the rest of the field unable to respond. Compatriot Wycliffe Kinyamal finished second, holding off Marcin Lewandoski of Poland.
Rotich now looks like Kenya’s best prospect for a medal in the 800m at the upcoming world championships. Emmanuel Korir, who dominated this event in 2018, finished a distant 8th and has lost form. Nijel Amos who last week ran the fastest 800m since 2012, fell down in the first lap.
|1||Ferguson Cheruiyot ROTICH||KEN||1:43.14||8|
|8||Emmanuel Kipkurui KORIR||KEN||1:44.75||1|
In the men’s 5000m, Nicholas Kimeli finished third in 13:05.48 behind Hagos Gebrehiwet of Ethiopia and new sensation Jakob Ingebritsen of Norway. Rhonex Kipruto, a 10,000m specialist, finished sixth in this race.
Winny Chebet, who won the gold medal at the IAAF Intercontinental cup in 2018, finished second in the women’s 1500m, with a time of 3:59.93. The winner was home favourite Laura Muir.
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