NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – Kenya will have only one representative in the final of the 800m race at the IAAF World Championships in Doha after both Emmanuel Korir, the sixth fastest man ever over the two-lap race and World Junior silver medalist Ngeno Kipng’etich failed to make the cut.
Ferguson Rotich will be tasked with wrestling the title last won by David Rudisha in Beijing, China back home after finishing second in heat one to pick the automatic qualification slot.
Rotich who lurked at the back for most of the race made his move in the final 200m, using his long strides to move from sixth to second, fending off American Clayton Murray.
The Kenyan clocked 1:44.20 with Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vazquez winning the race in 1:43.96. Despite finishing third, Murray managed to squeeze into the final, his time of 1:44.48 being just enough to sail him through as one of the best two losers.
Korir will meanwhile be forced to shift his focus on the 400m after finishing third in a slow heat, failing to go in as one of the best two fastest losers.
The America-based athlete started the race well, staying in the leading pack but was overwhelmed in the final 300m of the race. He clocked 1:45.19 with America’s Donavan Brazier winning in a time of 1:44.87 while Canada’s Marco Arop finished second.
Youngster Kipng’etich who won the Kenyan trials could not sustain the tempo from start to finish as he used up most of his energy in the opening lap, failing to maintain it till the end.
He finished sixth in a heat won by Bosnian Amel Tuka while USA”s Bryce Hoppel was second. Defending champion Pierre Ambroise Bosse of France also failed to make it to the final.