Tokyo Olympics: Nicholas Kimeli cruises to 5000m final

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Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics men’s 5000m final.

Kimeli finished first in his heat, clocking 13:38:87 in the semi-finals held on Tuesday.

Mohammed Ahmed from Canada emerged second, American William Kincaid 3rd, Ugandan Oscar Chelimo 4th, and Birhanu Balew from Bahrain finished fifth.

Another Kenyan, Daniel Simiu, failed to qualify after finishing tenth.

Elsewhere, Kenya’s metric mile runners Charles Simotwo, Timothy Cheruiyot, and Abel Kipsang qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 1500m race.

Abel Kipsang won his qualifying round in 3:40:68 ahead of USA Mathew Centrowitz and Great Britain’s Jake Wightman, who finished second and third, respectively.

Timothy Cheruiyot came second in his heat after clocking 3:36:01 behind Belgium’s Ismael Debjani, who took 3:36:0. Olie Hoare of Australia settled for the third position.

Charles Simotwo settled for the tenth position but qualified as one of the six fastest runners

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