Moraa ran a time of 2:01:66 to secure one of the three automatic qualifying spots.
Her success is team Kenya’s bid to win a second women’s gold in the 800 metres at the Olympic Games.
Eunice Sum, the 2013 World 800m champion, placed sixth in Heat 2 and missed out on the six fastest losers spots, while Emily Cherotich, the other Kenyan in the 800m, finished last in Heat 6.
Natoya Goule of Jamaica won Heat 2 in 1:59.83, while Noelie Yarigo of Benin and Hedda Hynne of Norway finished second and third in 2:00.11 and 2:00.76, respectively, to qualify for the semis.
After finishing fourth in the heat, Uganda’s World champion Halimah Nakaayi was able to qualify as one of the automatic qualifiers.
Winnie Nanyondo, the other Ugandan in the 800m, qualified for the semi-finals from Heat 1.
*This article was written by Gerald Gekara for Uzalendo News. Email: email@example.com for News tips and Inquiries.
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