Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipkuruii Korir won the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics. Second place went to his compatriot Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich.
- Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir of Kenya 1:45.06
- Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (Kenya) – 1:45.23
- Patryk Dobek (Poland) – 1:45.39
Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir became the Olympic 800m champion. The 26-year-old Korir ran the course in 1:45.06. His compatriot Ferguson Rotich finished second (1:45.23), with Pole Patrik Dobek (1:45.39) coming in third. Korir brought Kenya its first gold medal at the Tokyo Games and fifth overall.
Kenya has also won gold in the 800m at the previous three Olympics. Beijing was won by Wilfred Bonghei, while London and Rio de Janeiro were won by David Rudisha. Rudisha is the holder of the world and Olympic distance record (1:40.91) set at the 2012 London Olympics.
Georgian shot putter Benik Abrahamian has been suspended from the Tokyo Olympics due to an anti-doping rule violation. According to the press service of the International Agency for Doping Testing
Doping A sample, which Abrahamyan gave on July 31 in Tokyo, was found to contain dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone, methandienone and tamoxifen. The athlete has the right to request an autopsy of the doping B sample. The men’s shot put competition will begin on August 3.
Earlier, Kenyan track and field athlete Mark Otieno, who specialises in the 100m, tested positive for doping at the Tokyo Olympics. The banned substance was detected in a doping A sample. The athlete requested an autopsy of the B sample. The Kenyan sprinter was suspended and did not take part in the 100m qualification, which was held on 1 August.
The Independent Anti-Doping Authority (AIU) has banned 20 athletes from the Tokyo Olympics. The reason for the exclusion was non-compliance with paragraph 15 of the anti-doping rules, which requires athletes to undergo three out-of-competition doping tests at intervals of at least three weeks over a 10-month period. Athletes from six countries – Nigeria (10), Belarus (3), Ukraine (3), Ethiopia (1), Kenya (2), Morocco (1) – were banned by the AIU for violating this rule.