Reason why Mary Moraa dedicated her win in Doha to her fans

Reason why Mary Moraa dedicated her win in Doha to her fans

Abigael Wafula 13:02 - 11.05.2024

Mary Moraa has explained why she dedicated her win at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha to her fans.

Reigning World 800m champion Mary Moraa has dedicated her first Diamond League win of the season to her fans as she now shifts focus to her next assignment.

In her first Diamond League race in Doha, Qatar, on Friday night, Moraa was in a class of her own as she destroyed a strong field to claim the top prize in the 800m race.

The Commonwealth Games champion clocked a season-best time of 1:57.91. Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie, the British indoor mile record holder, gave Moraa a run for her money but was forced to settle for second place in 1:58.42. Benin’s Noélie Yarigo rounded the top three, also recording a season-best of 1:58.70.

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Moraa was making a return to Doha for the first time since the 2019 World Championships and she clearly demonstrated her dominance early in the race and her mastery of the two-lap race.

In a post-race interview, Moraa expressed her excitement to have won the race but lamented that the weather was a major undoing for her.

“The weather was not good to us, the wind was too high, but we have tried our best, and the competition was good. This race was dedicated to the fans, there are many Kenyans here, and they were waiting for the last Kenyan to compete so I dedicate it to them.

“Sometimes it helps us to compete in front of a big crowd from home, we get the support from them, so you can remind yourself to push very hard. My next event is the Diamond League in Eugene, USA,” Moraa said.

The 23-year-old’s focus now shifts to the 600m race at the USTAF New York City Grand Prix where she plans to shatter Caster Semenya’s world record.