Bett failure to qualify for the final was a huge shock.
With Olympics champion Conseslus Kipruto out of the Games with injury, the duo has the herculean task of ensuring the gold medal, which Kenya has won in each Olympics contests since the 1984 Los Angeles Games, remains safely in the country.
Ethiopia’s World silver medallist Lamecha Girma, who is one of the favourites for the gold, also qualified for the final here at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
Girma won Heat 1 in 8.09.82, Japan’s Ryuji Miura was second while Kigen settled third to complete the automatic qualifying places.
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