Wanyonyi and Moraa score Kenyan double in Rabat

Wanyonyi and Moraa score Kenyan double in Rabat

Youngsters Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Mary Moraa scored a superb Kenyan 800m double at the Rabat leg of the Diamond League.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi

Youngsters Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Mary Moraa scored a superb Kenyan 800m double at the Rabat leg of the Diamond League.

Wanyonyi clocked an impressive 1:45.47 to beat a talented field that included former world and Olympic medalists while Moraa clocked 1:58.93 to win the women’s race.

“I gave everything I had today. I had the opportunity to win this race in Rabat, so I didn’t want to miss it. Actually, it was quite easy. I’m in a good shape, I’m feeling great on the track, I’m very confident,” said Wanyonyi after he won the race.

Botswana’s Nijel Amos, silver medal winner from the 2012 Olympic Games finished second, another time he was losing out to Wanyonyi who also beat him at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi last month.

Gabriel Tual of France was third while another Kenyan, Collins Kipruto was fourth. Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich and Michael Saruni followed each other in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

At the same time, Mary Moraa showed her mettle to win the corresponding women’s race, though it was a non Diamond League contest.

The 21 year old fought off a last lap battle to win the race in a time of 1:58.93, a season’s best for her.

Naomi Korir (ninth) and Jariter Mwasya (12th) were the other two Kenyans in the race.

In the women’s 3,000m, Mercy Cherono ran a world leading time of 8:40.29 to win the race as she builds up herself towards the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, where she hopes to contest and reclaim her 5,000m crown.

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