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Uganda’s Musagala into Olympics 1,500m final, Nakaayi out

Kenya's Ronald Kwemoi (L) and Uganda's Ronald Musagala compete in the Men's 1500m Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS
Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi (L) and Uganda’s Ronald Musagala compete in the Men’s 1500m Semifinal. Musagala finished 5th to storm the final. AFP PHOTO

Rest of Uganda’s schedule

Saturday August 20 
Men’s 1500m final 3.00am (Sunday)
Men’s 5000m final 3.30am (Sunday)
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei

Sunday August 21 
Men’s Marathon final 3.30pm
Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich

Ronald Musagala’s 1,500m Olympic dream remained alive when he qualified Thursday night for the final. He advanced automatically with a time of 3:40.37, far from his personal best of 3:35.02, after finishing fifth in his semifinal.

Colleague Halimah Nakaayi in the 800m fell out after finishing 6th in her 800m race.

In the 1500m, Kenyan Asbel Kiprop set up a battle royale with Algeria’s defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi in Saturday’s  final after both advanced smoothly from the semi-finals.

Makhloufi, who won silver in the 800m behind David Rudisha Monday, came in second behind Kiprop in their semi-final.

Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist and three-time defending world champion, easily won the heat in 3:39.73 after a stunning wide run-in from 250 metres.

Heat 1

1. Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:39.73. Q

2. Taoufik Makhloufi (ALG) 3:39.88 Q

3. Nicholas Willis (NZL) 3:39.96 Q

4. Ben Blankenship (USA) 3:39.99 Q

5. Charlie Grice (GBR) 3:40.05 Q

6. Abdalaati Iguider (MAR) 3:40.11 q

7. Nathan Brannen (CAN) 3:40.20 q

8. Benson Kiplagat Seurei (BRN) 3:40.53

9. Jakub Holusa (CZE) 3:40.83

10. Dawit Wolde (ETH) 3:41.42

11. Henrik Ingebrigtsen (NOR) 3:42.51

12. Pieter-Jan Hannes (BEL) 3:43.71

13. Brahim Kaazouzi (MAR) 3:48.66

Heat2

1. Ronald Kwemoi (KEN) 3:39.42. Q

2. Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI) 3:39.46 Q

3. Matthew Centrowitz (USA) 3:39.61 Q

4. Ryan Gregson (AUS) 3:40.02 Q

5. Ronald Musagala (UGA) 3:40.37 Q

6. Mekonnen Gegremedhin (ETH) 3:40.69

7. Homiyu Tesfaye (GER) 3:40.76

8. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (CAN) 3:40.79

9. Fouad Elkaam (MAR) 3:40.93

10. Chris O’Hare (GBR) 3:44.27

11. David Bustos (ESP) 3:56.54

12. Robby Andrews (USA) DSQ

13. Elijah Motonei Manangoi (KEN) DNS

 

 

Athlete Time
Qualified
Ronald Kwemoi
Kenya
3:39.42
Qualified
Ayanleh Souleiman
Djibouti
3:39.46
Qualified
Matthew Centrowitz Jr.
United States
3:39.61
Qualified
Ryan Gregson
Australia
3:40.02
Qualified
Ronald Musagala
Uganda
3:40.37
6
Mekonnen Gebremedhin
Ethiopia
3:40.69
7
Homiyu Tesfaye
Germany
3:40.76
8
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot
Canada
3:40.79

 

Athlete Time
Qualified
Margaret Wambui
Kenya
1:59.21
Qualified
Francine Niyonsaba
Burundi
1:59.59
3
Ajee’ Wilson
United States
1:59.75
4
Nataliya Pryshchepa
Ukraine
1:59.95
5
Renée Eykens
Belgium
2:00.45
6
Halima Nakaayi
Uganda
2:00.63
7
Yusneysi Santiusti
Italy
2:00.80
8
Angelika Cichocka
Poland
2:01.29

The other athlete in a final is Joshua Cheptegei, who a day earlier gave himself a second chance for a medal bid by finishing fourth in his heat and automatically qualifying for the 5000m final.

The 19-year-old Cheptegei had at the weekend finished 6th in the 10,000m final won by Britain’s Mo Farah.

Cheptegei  today run 13:25.70. His best time ever is 13:00.60.

Kipyeko 13:24.66 had a time better than his colleagues, but in finishing 11th joined Jacob Kiplimo, 15, who also finished 11th in heat 1, out of contention.

 

 

 

 

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