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The Men's 800m At Kenya's Olympic Trials Was Wild

The Men's 800m At Kenya's Olympic Trials Was Wild

The men's 800m at the Kenyan Olympic Trials on Saturday was a fierce 12-man battle which saw Michael Saruni emerge triumphant.

The US-based Saruni won the race in 1:45.81, just ahead of 2019 world bronze medallist Ferguson Rotich in second (1:45.93) and Emmanuel Korir (1:46.05) in third.

The trio - who have been selected to represent Kenya in Tokyo - survived an epic last lap which had chaotic jostling for position on the final bend.

Men's 800m final Kenyan Olympic Trials

"I am ready for the Olympics," Saruni, who just turned 26 during the week, told Athletics Kenya.

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"I have been training. I still have some unfinished. I will go back to the US for training. I don't want to change anything. It is working for me, why should I change?"

Saruni was controversially not selected to run the 800m at the World Championships in Doha two years ago, despite finished third in Kenya's trials.

Along with the 800m, Korir has been selected to run the 400m at the Games. The 26-year-old finished sixth in the 400m at the 2019 World Championships.

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