Written by Palinyang Billy Gabriel
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The Kenyan 800m squad led by world record holder and world champion David Rudisha all qualified for the semi finals of the men’s 800m event to be held on Tuesday night at the Olympic stadium in London.
Rudisha took control of heat two leading from the start to the end winning the heat in a time of 1:45:90 followed by Ballah Musaeb Abdurrahman who ran at a time of 1:46:37 as USA’ Osagie Andrew become third after recording a speed of 1:46:42.
David Rudisha (KEN) prevailed in his qualification heat in the men's 800m, but Abubaker Kaki (SUD) had the quickest time (1:45.51), Photo |Track and Field.
Sudan’s Abubakar Kaki who is Rudisha’s closest challenger also led from start to finish top in heat three that also featured Kenya’s Timothy Kitum who recorded the time of 1:45:72 to finish second as Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Abdula Laziz Ladan finished third after recording the time of 1:46:09.
In heat six that also had Ethiopian Mohammed Amman who beat Rudisha last year in Milan, Kenya’s Chemut Anthony led for two laps but Amman won the race beating Chemut who scoped the second place after recording the time of 1:47.34.
Hellen Obiri will be the only Kenyan in the semi finals of the women 1500m to be run on Wednesday after finishing fourth at a time of 4:05:40 in heat four of the round One qualification behind Ethiopia’s Aregawi Abeba who ran at a speed of 4:04:55, Russia’s Tomashova Tatyana who recorded a speed of 4:05.10 and Bahrain Jamal Maryam Yusuf who recorded a speed of 4:05.10.
In the second heat, Eunice Sum finished 10th after running at a speed of 4:16.95 in a heat that was won by Dobriskey Lisa from USA who ran at a speed of 4:13.32 as Faith Chepng’etich finished8th with a time of 4:08.78 in his heat hence not qualifying for the next round.
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