What Emmanuel Wanyonyi Earned After Winning 800m Men's Race in Morocco Diamond League

What Emmanuel Wanyonyi Earned After Winning 800m Men's Race in Morocco Diamond League

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at May 21, 2024 at 6:59 AM
  • Emmanuel Wanyonyi won the men's 800m at the Marrakesh Diamond League meeting
  • The Kenyan star clocked a time of 1:43.84 to beat his compatriot, Wycliffe Kinyamal
  • Aside from taking an important win early in the season, he went home with a tidy sum

Emmanuel Wanyonyi's preparations for the 2024 Paris Olympics continued this past weekend as he stormed to victory at the Marrakesh Diamond League meeting.

The 19-year-old clocked a time of 1:43.84 to win the men's 800m on May 19, ahead of his Kenyan compatriot, Wycliffe Kinyamal.

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Emmanuel Wanyonyi celebrates after winning the men's 800m at the Marrakesh Diamond League on May 19, 2024. Photo by Fadel Senna.
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The world silver medalist was competing in his second 800m race of the year and had to work hard to win in Morocco. Kinyamal put him under pressure in the last 200m, but he got there in the end, per World Athletics.

Kinyamal finished second in 1:43.98, while France’s Yanis Meziane secured the final podium spot in 1:44.13.

Wanyonyi won the men's 800m at the Kip Keino Classic in April to open his season, setting a time of 1:43.57 in front of Kenyan fans.

The youngster is looking to win Kenya's fifth straight Olympic gold medal later this year but will face tough competition from world champion, Canadian, Marco Arop.

Olympic champion, Emmanuel Korir, finished last in Marrakesh and has a few months to improve his performance if he wants to defend his title in Paris.

Wanyonyi's earning in Marrakesh

Every athlete who finishes first in their discipline in a Diamond League series receives $10,000. Second-placed athletes receive $6,500, and third-place athletes receive $3,000.

Therefore, Wanyonyi took home $10,000, which is 1,300,000 Kenyan Shillings ($1=131 KES).

Last year, he took home $40, 000 for winning the Diamond League final at the Prefontaine Classic. He narrowly defeated perennial rival, Marco Arop, per World Athletics.

The youngster's full focus will be on the Olympics. Wilfred Bungei, David Rudisha, and Emmanuel Korir have won gold in the men's 800m. Can he make it five in a row for Kenya?

Wanyonyi on Rudisha's world record

Speaking exclusively to Sports Brief, Wanyonyi expressed his desire to break Rudisha's 800m world record at some point in his career.

Rudisha shattered the 800m world record at the 2012 Olympics in London in a time of 1:40.91, while Wanyonyi's PB is currently 1:42.80.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.