Emmanuel Korir won his first and Kenya's first Olympic gold medal thanks to his compatriot Ferguson Rotich, who took home silver. In a highly-rated race with Nijel Amos from Botswana, who came to the competition with the fastest time this year. It took a final 200-meter race for Korir, too smart for Pole Dobek, who was eventually passed by Kenyan Ferguson Rotich.
Emmanuel Korir scored 1: 45.06 while runner-up Ferguson scored 1: 45.2. Earlier, in the 3000m, the Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng in the steeplechase was passed by the Ugandan Chemutai and the American Frerichs when she was satisfied with the bronze.
Paul Ereng, who is Korir's coach, started Kenya's love affair with gold at the 1988 Olympics, and William Tanui won the title in Barcelona in 1992 before Bungei regained him in 2008 in Beijing gold medals. Amos Nigel of Botswana, a silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympics and a pre-race favorite for his world leadership, finished in a disappointing eighth place with 1: 46.41.