Kenyans celebrate first gold medal in Tokyo
Kenyans on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, joined hands in celebrating her first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics after Emmanuel Korir blasted through to win the men’s 800 metres race.
Korir achieved the feat in an impressive 1:45.06 timing, closely followed by his compatriot Ferguson Rotich. The win extended Kenya’s impressive record in this race to a decade.
The winning streak was initiated by Wilson Bungei at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before David Rudisha won in the next two editions in 2012 and 2016 in London and Rio.
Korir and Rotich’s coach, Paul Ereng, was also a gold medalist in the event in 1988.
This victory helped bring joy to the face of Kenyans after an underwhelming performance at the international event in which the country lost both the 3000m SC title for men and women and also struggled in the 5000m women race.
— David Rudisha (@rudishadavid) August 4, 2021
Yes. What a tactical run and strong finish, congratulations Emmanuel Korir on winning the 800m Olympic Gold Medal and Ferguson Rotich on taking the Silver Medal.
The Entire Nation is proud of you both.
Well in! pic.twitter.com/yflaCEkRVr
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 4, 2021
There it is! Team Kenya's first Gold medal! Congratulations to Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich for a phenomenal 1-2 finish in the men's 800m at #Tokyo2020. You have made the nation happy. pic.twitter.com/jLBMaua9TN
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) August 4, 2021
It's gold and silver in the men's 800M
Emmanuel Korir wins gold
Ferguson Rotich takes silver
We had missed our anthem, it's our first #Tokyo2020 Olympic gold
Hongera Rotich#WeAreTeamKenya#KenyaMilele#PaidPartnershipWithDiageo pic.twitter.com/hF9D5F6GSO
— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) August 4, 2021
We congratulate Emmanuel Korir for the sterling performance in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and bagging a gold medal for Kenya and Ferguson Rotich for coming second. Bring it home. pic.twitter.com/C0qeS7XvEu
— Gideon K. Moi (@MoiGideon) August 4, 2021