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Kenyan athlete withdraws from 1500m semis race due to injury

Kenya’s hopes for a clean sweep of the podium in the men’s 1,500m semi-final race suffered a blow after Elijah Manangoi withdrew due to injury.

The world silver medalist on Thursday said that he suffered a hamstring injury in training and wished his two colleagues, Asbel Kiprop and Ronald Kwemoi, the best in the race.

The 1,500m heats were completed on Tuesday where the all the three Kenyans progressed to the semi-finals scheduled for Thursday.

Manangoi finished second in his heat behind Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi.

Three-time world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Asbel Kiprop progressed with a comfortable win in his heat.

Ronald Kwemoi came second in his heat, two seconds behind Czech Republic’s Jakub Holusa.