Lilian Odira punches her maiden Olympic ticket in 800m

Kenya Prison’s Lillian Odira shook off stiff competition to qualify for the Olympic games for the first time in the 800m final at day 1 of the Athletics Kenya Olympic trials at Nyayo Stadium on Friday.

Odira won the race inside the qualification time of 1:59.27, followed by World Champion Mary Moraa in 1:59.35, while her sister Sarah finished 3rd in 1.59.39.
3,000-meter world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech finished 2nd in Friday’s final with a time of 9:22.76, behind Faith Cherotich, who won in 9:22.28.
Commonwealth Champion Jack Line Chepkoech finished 3rd, but outside the qualification time.
It was a similar tale in the 1500-meter men’s final, as Raynold Kipkorir outsprinted former world champion Timothy Cheruiyot to win in 3:35.63.
Although finishing out of the qualification time, Kipkorir will make it to the Paris Olympic Games having attained the time earlier.
Daniel Munguti came home 2nd, posting 3:35.80, ahead of 3rd-placed Cheruiyot, who finished in 3 minutes, 35.90 seconds.
Earlier, defending Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon bagged the 5000m ticket for the first time, clocking 14:46.20, ahead of Beatrice Chebet and Margaret Chelimo in the 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively.
The two-day trials will culminate tomorrow with the naming of team Kenya for the 31st Olympic Games set for Paris between July 26 and August 11 this year.

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