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Kenya's Golden Boy Emmanuel Korir Speaks After 800m Olympics Victory

Emmanuel Korir was showered with happiness after getting Kenya her first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday.

Mr Korir recorded an outstanding performance by winning the men's 800 metres gold in 1:45.06, leading compatriot Ferguson Rotich to a 1-2 Kenyan finish at the races.

The latest development comes few hours after Kenya only got its bronze in the women's 3,000m steeplechase final when Hyvin Kiyeng came third after Uganda's Peruth Chemutai and USA's Courtney Frerichs.

"The race,however, was not that easy, I had to endure working hard. I never knew what lies ahead and only that we have to go out there and compete with others so hard," Korir said.

"This (winning gold) means has shown me a lot. I am so glad since I have been undergoing training more than two times a day for this games and it is very great for me. Today was my day, and I won, not only to the finals but I managed to appear at the top of the podium. This will remain the best day in years to come."

"To win a gold medal is not that easy. There was a lot of pressure as I know that many citizens back in my motherland was watching us and wishing us all the best and i think we've them proud."

Korir's record would see join the exclusive club for legendary Kenyan 800m marathon runners after winning gold at the Olympics under the assistance of his coach Paul Ereng.

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