Kenya’s Abel Kipsang set a new Olympic Record in the 1500m semi-finals in Tokyo on Thursday.
Kipsang won the second semi-final in 3:31.65 ahead of Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:32.13) and Britain’s Josh Kerr (3:32.13) who wound second and third respectively.
Kenya’s World champion Timothy Cheruiyot also made it through to the final from the first semi-final that claimed the scalp of the third Kenyan in the event, Charles Simotwo, here at the National Stadium.
Jake Wightman won the first semifinal in 3:33.48 with USA’s Cole Hocker taking second in a PB of 3:33.87 and world champion Timothy Cheruiyot placing third in 3:33.95.
Kenya’s Charles Simotwo (3:34.61) finished just outside the automatic qualifying spots in sixth place to miss out on the final.