Tokyo Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir won his first heat on Thursday morning in Oregon, USA, and is now just one step away from making the men’s 800m finals at the World Athletics Championship.
Elhassane Moujahid of Morocco (1:49.27) and Spain’s lvaro De Arriba were unable to catch Korir, who easily won his heat in 1:49.05. (1:49.30).
Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Noah Kibet, and Wycliffe Kimanyal will all be competing in the semi-finals, alongside Korir.
Wanyonyi, the World Under-20 Champion, finished third in heat three with a time of 1.46.45, securing his spot in the championship round.
Moad Zahafi of Morocco won the heat, with Gabriel Tual of France coming in second.
Slimane Moula of Algeria won the heat in 1:44.90, and Abdelati El Guesse of Morocco came in third in 1:45.25.
Despite coming in sixth place in Heat 5 with a time of 1:45.41, Noah Kibet advanced as a non-automatic qualifier.
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