Emmanuel Korir has bagged Kenya’s first gold medal at the ongoing Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Korir raced to the finish line in first place in the 800m men race clocking 1:45.06 with the other Kenyan Ferguson Rotich finished second to win silver.
Kenya's Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (left) celebrates with Kenya's Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich after the men's 800m final.
Kenya has now retained Gold in four straight Olympic games in 800m finals.
Kenya's 800m legend David Rudisha holds the world record (1:40.91) and has won the gold in the last two Olympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Rudisha immediately joined Kenyans in congratulating Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich.
There it is! Team Kenya's first Gold medal! Congratulations to Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich for a phenomenal 1-2 finish in the men's 800m at #Tokyo2020. You have made the nation happy. pic.twitter.com/jLBMaua9TN— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) August 4, 2021
Congratulations Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir and Ferguson Rotich for winning the 800m Olympic Gold and Silver medal respectively during in Tokyo, Japan.— Dr Wycliffe A. Oparanya (@GovWOparanya) August 4, 2021
As a Country, we celebrate you. pic.twitter.com/zKVzzF45xc
Congratulations Emmanuel Korir (Gold) Ferguson Rotich (Silver) in the Olympics men’s 800m. You have brightened our gloomy faces and lightened our hearts. pic.twitter.com/mDDPLxRuac— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) August 4, 2021
Yes. What a tactical run and strong finish, congratulations Emmanuel Korir on winning the 800m Olympic Gold Medal and Ferguson Rotich on taking the Silver Medal.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 4, 2021
The Entire Nation is proud of you both.
Well in! pic.twitter.com/yflaCEkRVr