Emmanuel Korir: From dusty Iten track to Olympic gold medal

Emmanuel Korir

Kenya's Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 800m final during the athletics event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo credit: Joan Pereruan | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • And, indeed, when Australia’s Peter Bol controlled the race, crossing the 400-metre mark at 53.8 seconds, and 600m at 1:19.7, Korir took over, crossing the 700-metre mark in first place at 1:32.3 before blasting past the finish line in 1:45.06 for the eagerly-awaited gold.
  • Ereng’s protégé has, finally, graduated to be his own man.  And like his coach, and Olympic champion.

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