Olympics shocker for Timothy Cheruiyot as Simotwo wins Kasarani trials

Charles Simotwo.

Charles Simotwo (left) charges towards the finish line to win the men's 1500 metres final ahead of Kamar Etyang (centre) during the Kenyan trials for the Tokyo Olympic Games on June 19, 2021 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Photo credit: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Abel Kipsang settled third in 3:34.36 as Cheruiyot came in fourth in 3:34.62.
  • That effectively looks out Cheruiyot from the Tokyo Olympics Games unless Athletics Kenya selectors give him a wild card. Kipsang is also a candidate for the wild card.

In one of the biggest upsets at the Kenyan trials for Tokyo Olympic Games at the Moi International Sports Centre on Saturday, Charles Simotwo produced one of his finest performances on the homestraight, zooming past three athletes including  pre-race favourite and World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot to win men's 1,500m race.

Simotwo, from Kenya Defence Forces, clocked 3 minutes and 33.02 seconds to win, beating Kamar Etiyang to second place in 3:33.12 as the two athletes claimed the first two automatic places in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Abel Kipsang settled third in 3:34.36 as Cheruiyot came in fourth in 3:34.62.

That effectively locked out Cheruiyot from the Tokyo Olympics Games unless Athletics Kenya selectors give him a wild card. Kipsang is also a candidate for the wild card.

"I am really delighted for making the team and this one I dedicate it to my training mates. I had prepared well back in Iten and I knew it would be competitive," said Simotwo, who will be making his maiden appearance at the Olympics. "I didn't have any fear and this should go all the way to the Olympic Games."

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