Wanyonyi to appeal after missing out on 800m final following costly fall

World 800m silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be considered for a place in the final after tripping and falling during Friday’s semi-final at Athletics Kenya’s Olympics trials.

Wanyonyi took the lead then tried to slow down his semi-final but he got overtaken in the last 300m and as he tried to catch up, he tripped and fell.

It saw him miss out on a place in the final, after finishing last, and he has now indicated that he will appeal to be included in the final on Saturday.

“I was keen to secure a position for the final but I was tripped from behind,” Wanyonyi said after the race.

“My management has appealed and I hope to be in the final. I am in good shape and on Saturday, it will be about executing a good race. I have the desire to win and to make the team to the Olympics.”

Crucially, Wanyonyi admitted he will have to change his strategy if he is allowed to run in the final after his decision to run from behind proved costly.

“I will have to think how I run in the final, I cannot use the same tactic I used today [Friday],” he added.

With the first two across the line getting direct tickets to the Olympics, Wanyonyi’s other hope is that he can be given the third slot by Athletics Kenya’s panel of selectors if his appeal is not successful.

The 19-year-old is Kenya’s best bet for an 800m medal at the Paris Olympics and would be a huge blow to him and the country if he were to miss out.

With Wanyonyi falling, Laban Chepkwony (1:46.21), Wycliffe Kinyamal (1:46.70) and Festus Lagat (1:47.99) took the first three positions in the first semi-final.