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Champion Kinyamal romps into 800m final in Birmingham

of Ghana made it to the final after final by finishing third in 1:48.26Cornelius Tuwei and Elias Ngeny failed to qualify for the final.

In Summary

•Kinyamal, who finished a disappointing eighth position at the World Championships in Oregon, finished second in Heat 3 posting 1:48.15 to advance to the final on Sunday.

•Tuwei, who was a late replacement for World Under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, came home fourth in Heat 2 after posting 1:48.68.

Commonwealth 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal crosses the finish line ahead of World Under 20 champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Elias Ngeny in the men's 800m on Saturday at Moi Stadium, Kasarani
Commonwealth 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal crosses the finish line ahead of World Under 20 champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Elias Ngeny in the men's 800m on Saturday at Moi Stadium, Kasarani
Image: ERICK BARASA

Defending Commonwealth Games champion Wycliff Kinyamal stormed into the final 800m at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Kinyamal, who finished a disappointing eighth position at the World Championships in Oregon, placed second in Heat 3 after posting 1:48.15 to advance to the final on Sunday.

Ben Pattison from England won the heat in 1:48.00 while Alex Amankwa of Ghana made it to the final by finishing third in 1:48.26

Cornelius Tuwei and Elias Ngeny failed to qualify for the final. Tuwei, who was a late replacement for World Under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, came home fourth in Heat 2 after posting 1:48.68.

Peter Bol of Australia won the heat in 1:47.01 with Boitumelo Masilo of Botswana finishing second in 1:47.30

Ngeny was placed third in Heat One in 1:49.53 thus missing out on automatic qualification as England's James Webb took top honours in 1:48.86. Guy Learmouth of Scotland finished second in 1:49.15

World 800m bronze medallist Mary Moraa hopes of a 400m medal, went up in smoke as he finished last in her heat. The African former junior champion posted 59.51.

Ama Pipi from Great Britain took the top spot in 52.58. Africa 400m bronze medallist Veronica Mutua qualified for the semifinals after finishing fourth in her heat, where she returned 53.02 seconds to qualify among the best losers

The 2006 Commonwealth Games 400m champion Christine Ohurougu from England won Heat One in 52.34 sec as Heat 3 went to Sada Williams from Barbados in 51.66 secs.