Emmanuel Wanyonyi on how he plans to conquer 800m race this year

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ATHLETICS Emmanuel Wanyonyi on how he plans to conquer 800m race this year

Joel Omotto 18:25 - 29.05.2023

The 18-year-old showed his class once again with a dominant victory at the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi believes good execution in his races this season will put him in good shape ahead of the World Championships slated for Budapest, Hungary in August.

The 2021 World Under-20 800m champion destroyed a strong field to win the men’s 800m at the second Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday to continue his impressive season.

Wanyonyi led from gun to tape, crossing the finish line in 1:44.36, ahead of compatriot Wycliffe Kinyamal who finished second in 1:44.73. England’s Benjamin Robert sealed the podium after clocking 1:45.04.

The win has given the 18-year-old confidence of a good season ahead which he hopes will culminate in a medal at the World Championship.

“I am happy about how I performed. I am pleased to get this win,” Wanyonyi said after the race. “I managed to get this victory by being focused during the race.”

“My goal this year is to execute well. I would like to thank the crowd here for being supportive and fantastic. I am getting ready for the World Championship by staying healthy and in good shape.”

Wanyonyi opened his season with a win at the Kip Keino Classic and he is the fastest 800m runner in the world so far courtesy of the time he posted at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday, May 13. The teenager clocked 1:43.32 at the Continental Tour event ahead of Kinyamal before the trip to Rabat.

Kenya has been struggling to fill the big shoes left by world record holder David Rudisha in the men’s 800m and Wanyonyi’s form is giving fans hope that he could be the next star over the two-lap race.