Written by Palinyang Billy Gabriel
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The Kenyan 400m athlete Joys Nakhumicha has qualified for the semi finals after emerging third in the women’s race recording 51.85sec which is her best time.
Other Kenyans including Mutua, Kipruto and Kemboi qualify for the semi finals of 3000m Steeplechase. Ezekiel Kemboi started the race in last place in the first two laps of heat 3 but powered himself to the front in the final 200 meters though he slowed down 50 meters to the line to allow Ethiopia’s Gari Roba the first place finish
Mutai finished third in Heat One and qualifies for the semi finals in the race where Uganda's Kiplagat tripped and fell on the last round but recovered and finished 6th.
Brimin Kipruto easily won the second heat with a time of 8:28:62 to qualify for the finals meaning that all three Kenyans in the race qualified for the next race in the ongoing Olympics.
Elsewhere Kenya’s dream of recording brilliant performance in the short races have been shut down after Vincent Kosgei and Boniface Mucheru failed to qualify for the semi finals of the 400m hurdles.
Kosgei finished 7th recording the time of 50.80sec in heat 3 that was won by Great Britain’s David Green while Mucheru a Bronze medalist at the African championships in Benin finished 6th in heat 6 after clocking the time of 50:33sec.
The top three in each category qualified for semi finals which will be held on Saturday at 9:00PM automatically together with six best times across all categories.
Vivian Cheruiyot is expected to lead the Kenyan team to their first medals in the 10,000m finals later tonight where she is expected to face stiff competition from Joyce Chepkurui, the reigning African cross-country champion and World Championships silver medalist Sally Kipyego.
Kenya had a poor start in boxing with Boxer Benson Njangiru, weightlifter Mercy Obiero and the Dunford swimming brothers
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