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Kenyan athlete Korir wins 800m at the Tokyo Olympics

Kenyan runner Emmanuel Korir won first place in the 800m at the Olympics. He covered the distance in 1 minute 45.06 seconds. Kenyan compatriot Ferguson Rotich was second (1.45.23), with Pole Patrick Dobek third (1.45.39).

In addition to two silver medals and two bronze medals, this was Kenya’s first victory at Olympic Games history

Athletics. Men. 800 м.

  1. Emmanuel Korir, 1.45,06.
  2. Ferguson Rotich (both Kenya) – 1.45,23.
  3. Patryk Dobek (Poland) – 1.45,39.

Biography of Emmanuel Korir

Kenya is where he was born and grew up until 2005, when he continued his higher education at Moi University in Eldoret. He has been competing since 2006.


  • 2011 Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon – 1:01.33 (1st place)
  • Rio de Janeiro 2012 Half Marathon – 1:01.48 (2nd place)
  • Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon 2013 – 1:00.49 (2nd place)
  • 2013 Seoul Marathon – 2:07.08 (2nd)
  • Shanghai Marathon 2014 – 2:11.35 (5th place)
  • Paris Half Marathon 2015 – 1:00.48 (2nd place)
  • Paris Marathon 2015 – 2:05.49 (1st place)
  • Frankfurt Marathon 2016 – 2:06.48 (1st place)
Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir celebrates after winning the men’s 800m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 4, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP)

Olympic results

Arman Duplantis of Sweden won the Olympic gold in the pole vault, silver went to Chris Nielsen and bronze was taken by Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland claimed gold in the hammer throw, with Wang Zheng taking silver and Malwina Kopron claiming bronze. American Ating Moo came first in the 800-metre race, Keeley Hodgkinson second and Ravyn Rogers earning third place.

In the 200m race Elaine Thompson-Hera from Jamaica won, with Christine Mboma of Namibia in second place and Gabrielle Thomas of the USA coming third. There was also a qualifying round for men’s 200m event as well as semifinal race in case anyone gets eliminated before then. World champion Sergey Shubenkov failed to start in 110m hurdles due to an injury.

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