The Standard – Kenya: Hopeful Korir targets podium place in 400m final tonight | The Standard

The Standard – Kenya: Hopeful Korir targets podium place in 400m final tonight | The Standard
USA’s Fred Kerley (R) runs past Italy’s Davide Re (L) and Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir on his way to winning the Men’s 400m semi-final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on October 2, 2019. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

 

After a disappointing show in men’s 800m, his preferred event, Emmanuel Korir had something to smile about on Wednesday following his qualification to today’s 400m finals.

Korir posted a season-best time of 44:37 behind American Fred Kerley who won the race in 44:25.

The US-based Korir has not only turned his gun to lowering the 27-year-old Kenyan national record of 44.18 seconds held by Samson Kitur which he set during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Games, but also a possible podium spot.

“I ran well and achieved my goal of advancing to the final. My aim is to break the national record (44.18). I am not sad about not making it to the 800m final because I gave it everything I had. I will fight in the final and if I finish in top three, I will be very happy,” Korir said.

Another Kenyan who ran the semis was national champion Alphas Kishoyian who failed to advance to the final after his sixth-place finish in 45.55 seconds.

Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas, who ran 44.13, and Kirani James of Grenada and 2012 Olympic champion will spice up the finals.

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Today’s men’s final, however, will lack world leader American Michael Norman, who was last in the third semi-final, clocking 45.94 – almost exactly two-and-a-half seconds slower than the time with which he leads this year’s world list.

Norman seemed as baffled as anyone about what had just happened as he finished last.

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