World Championships Beijing Day 1 – F. Rotich, Kipketer, A. Rotich, and Bultheel advance

Ferguson Rotich's victory in his 800m heat led all Personae-managed athletes competing on the opening day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships, held in Beijing, China.

The 2015 IAAF World Championships, held at the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, got underway on 22-August in successful fashion for all three Personae-managed athletes entered in the 800m.  Ferguson Rotich, who captured the Kenyan WC Trials 800m title, won his heat in 1:45.83, the overall fastest time posted in the opening round.  Alfred Kipketer (1:46.67) and Abraham Rotich (1:48.42) finished 2nd in their respective 800m heats, to auto-qualify for the semi-final round.  The final athlete who moved on was Michael Bultheel in the 400m Hurdles. His 6th-place heat time of 49.38 was matched by two other athletes, but Bultheel’s time was superior at the 1/1000th of a second, determining his advancement.  Semi-final rounds of the 800m and 400m Hurdles will take place on 23-August.

Athletes competing on Day 1, but not advancing, included Mitko Tsenov (steeple heats, 13th in 9:02.72) and John Koech (steeple heats, 8th in 8:38.62).  Entered athletes unable to start or complete event due to injury included Jeroen D’Hoedt (steeple) and Bashir Abdi (10000m).

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