Moraa, competing in Heat Three, clocked 1:58.48 to cross the finish line.
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Mary Moraa has successfully qualified for the women’s 800m final race at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Moraa, competing in Heat Three, clocked 1:58.48 to cross the finish line. USA’s Athing Mu, the defending champion, and Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi finished second and third respectively in 1:58.78 and 1:58.89.
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Heat One was dominated by Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson who clocked 1:58.48 to cross the finish line. USA’s Nia Akins finished second, clocking a Season’s Best time of 1:58.61. Benin’s Noelie Yarigo completed the podium in 1:59.43. The first two automatically qualified for the final.
In Heat Two, Jemma Reekie reigned supreme, clocking 2:00.28 to cut the tape ahead of USA’s Raevyn Rogers who finished second in 2:00.47. Jamaica’s Natoya Goule finished third in 2:00.78.
Kisii Express now faces a huge task ahead of her, being Kenya's sole representative at the event. She will once again lock horns with Hodgkinson and Mu, who defeated her during last year's World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The Ugandan, Nakaayi, also poses a threat to Moraa's chances of winning a gold medal since she will also be looking to retain the title she lost to Mu.