Lydia Jeruto and Jackline Wambui cruised to the 800m final after winning their respective heats yesterday.
Jeruto clinched Heat 1, where she ran a tactful race to post 2:10.47 ahead of Poland’s Milena Korbut, who finished second in 2:11.31 and Lena Kieffer of Luxembourg, who placed second in 2:11.95. Zimbabwe’s Vimbayi Maisoreva (2:12.08), Israeli Sivan Auerbachand Turkey’s Tugba Toptas (2:12.390 completed the top six places.
Wambui was in good form in Heat 2, fending off the challenge of Ethiopia’s Hirut Mesheba in the final 50 meters to top the race in 2:14.18 with Mesheba second in 2:14.45. Morocco’s Chamaine Ismaili grabbed the qualifying spot after placing third in 2:14.80. Slovenia’s Kiara Lukan (2:15.51) and Monica Saltenyte of Lithuania (2:15.85) followed in that order.