Strong Kenyan quartet set to begin 800m campaign in Oregon

Strong Kenyan quartet set to begin 800m campaign in Oregon

Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir appears to be coming into top form, but it’s another Emmanuel, his 17-year-old teammate Wanyoni, who is attracting great interest too. With Wyclife Kinyamal Kisasy, and Noah Kibet, the Doha Diamond League winner, Kenya fields a strong quartet.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi

The men’s 800m kicks off with first-round heats. It’s another event in which there is no obvious winner and a host of chances.

Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir appears to be coming into top form, but it’s another Emmanuel, his 17-year-old teammate Wanyoni, who is attracting great interest too. With Wyclife Kinyamal Kisasy, and Noah Kibet, the Doha Diamond League winner, Kenya fields a strong quartet.

Max Burgin heads the 2022 list from Kinyamal and Marco Arop. They are three of the six to have broken 1:44 this year, which has not been a stellar season for 800 it must be admitted.

Peter Bol, fourth in Tokyo last year, has been one of the more consistent performers. US trio Donavan Brazier, Bryce Hoppel and Jonah Koech will get plenty of support.

The first round – first three in each of six heats and next six fastest – will be relatively straightforward. Look for the next day’s semi-finals to clarify the form lines.

One thing can be guaranteed – it won’t be boring: 800m running never is.

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