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Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich Storm to Victory As Kenya Bags First Gold Medal in Tokyo

Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich have claimed Kenya's double podium spot after finishing first and second respectively in the just concluded 800M men's final category.

Ferguson Rotich, a favorite to win the final was held out by a crowd of athletes over the last two hundred metres. For a moment, things looked to go out of hand for Rotich. However, he stepped on the gas with about fifty metres to spare.

Emmanuel Korir has now claimed his first gold medal in his career after finishing the two-round competition in 1.45.06. Ferguson Rotich who came in second finished with a time of 1.45.23. Botswana's Nigel Amos finished poorly in eight. Amos was included in the final having been tripled in the semis.

Earlier on, Hyvin Kiyeng came in third in the 3000M steeplechase. Uganda's Peruth Chemutai came in first to claim a first gold medal for the East African country.

Team Kenya now has a total of four medals; one gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal.

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