Deaf athletes in exciting duels at Olmpics qualifiers

DEAFLYMPICS From left: 5000m Winner Hannah Wanjiru, Second Position Roselyda Okumu and third Position Juster Kwamesa pose for a photo during the Safaricom National Deaf Athletics Championship held at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret. They will be participating in the Deaflympics in Turkey in July.

The field was quiet. Sign language was the order of the day.

Hundreds had turned up to watch the young men and women participate in the Safaricom National Deaf Athletics championships that kicked off yesterday at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret.

The Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) will use the two-day event to select the team to represent Kenya at the 2017 Deaflympics games in Turkey in July.

As the white flag was lifted, World deaf athletics 5,000m record holder and triple Deaflympics champion Simon Kibai dashed off in a bid to secure the top position. This time, however, luck was not on his side.

The 29-year-old Kibai was beaten to the tape by his counterpart John Koech, who clocked 3.56.1, and was followed closely by Kibai, five microseconds later, in the 1500m race.

Kokobi Omari and Baxtone Menjo came in third and fourth.

Koech, who hails from Nakuru County, has been training in Ngong Hills with the Kenya Defence Forces team.

“I started training in 2013 in Narok. Sadly, during that year, I could not make it to the team after I sustained an injury. I was number one in the national trials in 2016, but could not participate in the third World Deaf Athletics Championship in Bulgaria due to lack of hearing aids,” said Koech through an interpreter.

Kibai, who broke the 10,000m world record in 2013 accepted the loss, but vowed to reclaim his status when they get to Turkey.

“I am not a worried man. We now have a youth who gave me a run for my money. But I am going for a gold medal in Turkey. I hope to break the world record,” said Kibai.

Hannah Wanjiru, 21, a student from Nyandarua won the 5,000m and 1,500m category.

Wanjiru clocked 5:12:7 to beat Anna Nasimiyu who came in second in 5:25:6. Timina Barasa and Aida Odera came in 3rd and 4th in the 1500m race. [Joan Letting and Nelson Opuya]

 

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
KPL players betting against their own teams

visiting betting cybers ahead of the team’s matches, saying any losses registered after t

Five records Messi and Ronaldo have never broken

Ronaldo and Messi are undoubtedly the best players in the world, but despite that, there are some records that the prolific duo have not broken

Court: Villarreal's Semedo charged with attempted murder, robbery

Spanish side Villarreal’s Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo was charged on Thursday with offences including attempted murder, robbery and illegal posse

Millions awaits Gor Mahia

League champions chase history in continental football

World Cup trophy lands on Monday

World Cup trophy lands on Monday

Defeat was blessing in disguise for Sofapaka

Defeat was blessing in disguise for Sofapaka

More Stories
Kenyans out to protect turf

Kipsang to lead strong men’s line-up in Tokyo Marathon on Sunday

Cherop eyes a double at showpiece

Cherop eyes a double at showpiece

Commonwealth Games: Sprint coaches decry exclusion from Club Games

Some sprint coaches have accused Athletics Kenya (AK) of shutting them out of the team to the 21st Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games: No available training venues as departure nears

Athletics team faces hurdles; Accommodation hitch grips as track and field squad prepares for contest in Australia.

Kenyan athlete Francis Kiplagat dies in grisly road accident

Tragedy as Kenyan athlete dies in grisly road accident

Veterans seal second stab at Club Games: At least 14 athletes return to Commonwealth contest

World beating athletes stage impressive comebacks and pick tickets to Australia.

Expect a Kenyan double: London Marathon Director Hugh Brasher tips Kenyans to extend dominance in UK’s premier race

Kipchoge to take on Bekele and homeboy Mo Farah at London Marathon on April 22.

Keitany, Kipchoge face strong line up: Douglas Wakiihuri was the first Kenyan to win London Marathon

Kenya has produced the winner of the men’s London Marathon 12 times in the last 14 years.

Cheruiyot floors Manangoi: Athletics World 1,500m champion finishes second at Commonwealth trials

World junior champion Taki also makes team to Gold Coast, Australia.

Athletics: It’s tough duel as AK picks team today

It’s a do-or-die battle today as Kenyan athletes for slots to the 21st Commonwealth Games that run Gold Coast, Australia, on April 4-15.