Korir And Rotich Lift Kenyan Olympics Gloom With One-two In 800 Metres
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Wed 04th August 2021 | 10:57 PM
Kenya's Emmanuel Korir won the men's 800 metres Olympic title on Wednesday with compatriot Ferguson Rotich taking silver to put some gloss on their country's disappointing athletics medal haul at this Games
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Aug, 2021 ) :Kenya's Emmanuel Korir won the men's 800 metres Olympic title on Wednesday with compatriot Ferguson Rotich taking silver to put some gloss on their country's disappointing athletics medal haul at this Games.
"In Kenya we are progressing despite the challenges of the pandemic," he said.
"In the last year, most of us, we didn't train well. There was the coronavirus and now we're coming back.
"Maybe by next year we'll be able to win more medals for our country." Korir said his success was rich compensation after he failed to reach the final at successive major championships.
"I didn't have any strategy," said Korir. "I just thought I would try and follow and see what would happen.
"There was nobody who wanted to take the pace, so I just said I was going to control it.
"The Australian guy, he did something good for me." Rotich came with a late run but he could not eat significantly into his team-mate's lead. The 31-year-old looked delighted to have won a medal after finishing fifth behind Rudisha in the 2016 Olympic final.
"The last 100m, I was far behind," he said.
"I was not in a medal position and a thought came in my mind that 'oh, you are late'.
"And I just came out very quickly and I moved forward." There was bitter disappointment, though, for Botswana's Nijel Amos who finished second to last, failing to capitalise on his good fortune in being inserted into the final by the judges after falling in his semi-final.
This time he sank to his haunches and was on the verge of tears after finishing.