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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's 800m - Semifinal - OLS - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 1, 2021. Ferguson Rotich of Kenya celebrates after winning the race. Photo REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

 

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich cruised into the 800 metres final with the fastest run of the semi-final on Sunday, setting himself up as a strong contender to succeed compatriot David Rudisha as the new king of the event.

Double Olympic gold medallist Rudisha’s persistent injuries denied him the chance to defend his title, opening the way for a new champion to emerge.

Rotich, the 2019 world bronze medallist, clocked 1:44.04 and was so confident as he approached the end of his race that he looked behind to encourage those trailing him to keep up as he crossed the line.

Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Korir, who came to Japan boasting this year’s second-fastest run, also went through.

Australia’s Peter Bol came from behind in his semi-final to push through to the final with a personal best of 1:44.11. The United States’ Clayton Murphy, Olympic bronze medallist five years go in Rio, came second, enough for a place in the final.

There was drama in the heats as Botswana’s 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos got tangled up and fell.

Amos was initially out of Wednesday’s final following his fall but the 27-year-old was later reinstated, expanding the field to nine athletes, after the meeting referee judged that he had been impeded by American Isaiah Jewett, who also fell.

The first two from each heat proceed to the final and the next two fastest also advance to the medal round. - Reuters Reporting by Omar Mohammed; additional reporting by Manasi Pathak, Editing by Hugh Lawson

A social media post purportedly shows Ugandan weightlifter Julius Sekitoleko in an undated photo at an unnamed location. Photo via Facebook - Chance Tsindika

 

KAMPALA, UGANDA - Ugandan authorities have detained weightlifter Julius Sekitoleko after he disappeared last week from the Olympic Games in Japan. His case is odd, as Sekitoleko did not qualify for the Ugandan Olympic team, and no one can explain why he was flown to Tokyo.
   
Ugandan authorities say they will likely grant bail to the 20-year-old weightlifter after he spent four days in detention but that he still may face charges.
 
Sekitoleko was deported to Uganda last week, after he was arrested by police in Japan’s Mie Prefecture. Police went looking for him after he disappeared from the Ugandan Olympic team’s training camp in Izumisano, in Osaka, Japan.   
 
Sekitoleko competes in the elite category of 56 and 57 kilograms and has previously represented Uganda in tournaments in Kenya, Morocco and Australia. He did not qualify for this year’s Olympics.
 
Charles Twiine, spokesperson for Uganda’s Criminal Investigations Department, told journalists Monday that an investigation was launched to determine why Sekitoleko was flown to Japan with his coach.
 
“What is visibly clear here, is that there’s a probable fraud of airlifting a person with full knowledge that he had not qualified. To go and participate well knowing he is not going to participate. Now the fundamental question is, was he part of the fraud as a conspirator and it’s the reason why we are having him,” Twiine said.
   
The athlete’s wife, Desire Nampeewo, who is five months pregnant, told VOA she hoped that the government would “rehabilitate” her husband. Nampeewo said she was surprised that officials want to charge him instead.
 
She said life has not been easy for the athlete as he he isn’t financially stable, his life has been a struggle, he sleeps on the floor and doesn’t have enough food suitable for an athlete. She said he really wanted to participate but lost his mind when he was told he didn’t qualify and started wandering unconsciously. She said he even wanted to kill himself.
   
Mark Namanya, a Ugandan sports analyst, says the athlete’s disappearance from the training camp is not a new thing. He argues that many athletes who represent Uganda at the highest level come from very deprived backgrounds and see tournaments as a way out.
 
“It’s an opportunity for them to start a new life. I was in Australia three years ago. Uganda sent, I think it’s biggest team to the Commonwealth Games and five athletes vanished. I can tell you with certainty that Sekitoleko’s case is neither the first nor the last,” Namanya said.
 
It is not clear what charges may be filed against Sekitoleko.
 
Investigating officers say they continue to record statements from the Olympic Committee and will wait for officials currently in Japan to return to explain why Sekitoleko was allowed to travel. - Halima Athumani, Voice of America

FILE PHOTO: World Athletics Championships

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Kenyan 100 metre runners breaking new ground at the Tokyo Olympics are hoping to change perceptions that the country, known for its dominance in middle and long-distance running, cannot challenge for medals in the sprints.

Ferdinand Omanyala and Mark Otieno believe they can spring a surprise in a race that is the most open for many years after the retirement of Usain Bolt.

Kenya's distance pedigree is second to none but this will be the first time the country has competitors in the 100metres, according to Bernard Ouma, a coach with Team Kenya.

"Most of the people in the world don't believe that Kenyans can sprint, but we are changing that slowly," said Omanyala, who holds the national record with 10.01s and qualified at the Kenyan Olympic trials last month.

"It's not only for the Jamaicans and the USA, they are not made of steel, they don't use petrol. It's just in the mind. Change the mind and everything changes," he added.

Omanyala's route to Tokyo has not been a smooth one, however.

He served a 14-month doping ban from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya imposed in 2017 and had to fight the country's officials to overcome their rules prohibiting Olympic selection of doped athletes.

Otieno, who has a best of 10.05, is also convinced the time is ripe to crash the Jamaica-US party. "Right now you can't count on who is going to take the race, you might surprise people next week, because anything can happen," he said.

Otieno said he plans to approach the race tackling each step at a time. "I am looking forward to reaching the final and to seeing who is going to take the medals," he said.

For his part, Omanyala hopes to break 10 seconds at the Games. "It doesn't matter what kind of sub-10 it will be - 9.60, 9.50, I will receive it," he said. Bolt's world record stands at 9.58.

Otieno said he looked up to American Trayvon Bromell as an inspiration and admired how he was able to recover from injury and work his way back into Olympic contention.

Bromell produced the fastest time of 9.77s this year and is favourite for gold but Omanyala says the race is anybody's.

"I don't fear anybody," he said. "I am going to that race knowing that I am also the same as these guys, we have all qualified," he said. "I can win it, why not?."

(Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Mitch Phillips and Muralikumar Anantharaman) By Omar Mohammed, Reuters/YAhoo News

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