Kenya: Big Finish in Budapest Reignites Moraa’s Elusive Hunt for Gold

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Budapest — Despite Friday night’s countrywide power blackout in Kenya that denied fans a glimpse of Mary’s Moraa’s real-time semi-final heat victory, the 800m Commonwealth champion captivated Budapest’s brand-new National Athletics Centre to put herself right in contention heading Sunday’s final.

The 28-year-old made all her signature fast and furious antics count as a 1:58.48 in her heat restricted United States’ Athing Mu (1:58.78) and Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi (1:58.89) to second and third respectively.

The second heat was taken by Keely Hodgkinson in 1:58.48 with United States’ Nia Akins (1:58.61) and Noélie Yarigo (1:59.43) claiming second and third qualifying slots respectively.

Jemma Reekie (2:00.28) of Great Britain racked up victory in the other heat of the day defeating United States’ Raevyn Rogers (2:00.47) and Jamaica’s Natoya Goule-Toppin (2:00.78) to the scintillating 1-2-3 semis heat dash.

-The Gold Rush-

But following Moraa semis breakthrough, the Kenyan is gunning for her maiden World Championships gold which it eluded her in Oregon last year where she settled for bronze.

In Budapest, Moraa has made her intentions clear – “to go out there and fight despite a strong field of athletes awaiting her.”

But whatever is up her sleeves will be known on when the crème de la crème line up for the much-awaited gold medal tussle.

For now, Moraa has her fingers crossed, although she predicts a very fast and technical women’s 800m final scheduled for Sunday (20:45).