Emmanuel Korir opened many eyes with his 1.42.05 on 22 July , 2018 for the 800 meters. His time was the sixth fastest all times! One month before, at the Kenyan National championships, Emmanuel had run 44.21, on 23 June 2018 in Narobi.
Truth was, Emmanuel had risen fast. In 2016, Emmanuel Korir had run 1:46.94 in Nairorbi, Kenya. On June 3, 2017, Emmanuel took the win at the NCAA Outdoor in 1:45.03. On July 21, 2017, in the amazing Stade Louis II in Monaco, Emmanual won his first DL. In 2018, Emmanuel won Doha DL( 4 May 2018, in 1:45.21, Pre Classic (25 May 2018) in 1:45.16, London DL (22 July 2018) in a superb 1:42.05 PB, then Birmingham DL in 1:42.79, and finally, Van Damme in 1:44.72 on 31 August 2018.
What will he do in Doha? With his 400m speed, and racing prowess, Emmanuel Korir reminds this writer of one Cuban star, Alberto Juantorena. Enjoy this video from the IAAF on Mr. Korir in Doha. He opens there at the Doha DL, tomorrow on 3 May 2019.