Kenya has received its first gold medal since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics began on July 23rd. Emmanuel Korir secured the medal after finishing first place in the 800 meters men’s race. He was followed in second place by another Kenyan, Ferguson Rotich, who won silver with Poland’s Patryk Dobek taking the Bronze medal.
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Korir replaces David Rudisha who won the 800 metres race in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics. Korir finished the race in 1:45.06 while Rotich came second in 1:45.23.
Speaking after the race, Korir expressed excitement after the win saying, “It’s amazing. I mean I’m so happy and grateful, this is a big achievement. I’ve been praying and hoping to maybe one day have a medal and today I have it and I’m so thankful.”
Korir and Ruto become the first to take position 1 and 2 from the same nation in the same event since 1992.