25 runners picked for the Deaflympic Games

By elvince joshua
Jun 07, 2021

World Junior Deaflympics 1,500m record holder Baxton Menjo will lead Kenya’s team of 25 to the Deaflympics championship games scheduled for Sofia, Bulgaria between July 27- August 4.

Menjo who will be defending his record will also be chasing a world record in 800m where he hopes to run better than the 1:23.2 time he posted during the final day of the Safaricom sponsored Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya, DAAK national trials that ended Thursday in Nairobi.

Menjo clocked 1:23.2 in the 800m in his specialty race as Kenya looks to improve on its seventh position globally with seven medal (four gold, two silver and a bronze) in Taipei, China.

“I’ll double in the Bulgaria because I feel 800m is my race. I want to break a world record in 800m,” said Menjo who holder of the 1500m from last year’s Deaf Athletics Championship in Canada.

Menjo to face tough opposition in Bulgaria Menjo however will have grueling battle against Simon Kibai who won the qualifying race in Nairobi. Kibai clocked 3:53.2 with Menjo second in 3:59.8 while Geoffrey Kamia managed 4:05.3.

“I will try and beat Kibai in Bulgaria. The weather was not favorable here but I’ll try and do my best,” said Menjo 23, whose record stands at 3:48.06.

Menjo crossed the line first in the 800m ahead of second planced Justus Kipkemboi (1:5.58) and Edwin Kipchumba who clocked 1:5.70.

The Deaflympics Games which take place every four years is a global contest by Deaf and the Hard-of-Hearing athletes in different disciplines including athletics, football, basketball, volleyball and swimming. Safaricom who sponsored the national trials will host the team to dinner before departing for Sofia on July 18th.

Full squad

800m Men: Baxton Menjo (1:5.32) ,Justus Kipkemboi(1:5.58), Edwin Kipchumba(1:5.70)

400m Men: Benson Otieno (50.17), David Ogogo (50.46), Ancent Kioli (51.13)

1500m Men: Simon Kibai(3:53.2),Baxton Menjo (3:59.8), Geoffrey Kamia (4:05.3)

5000m women: Serah Wangare(19,31), Anne Nasimiyu(20.36), Juster Kwamboka(20:52)

200m women: Beryl Atieno(25.51), Faith Mukami(26.68), Linet Nanjala(27.21), Denina Njeri(27.34), Rael Achieng’ (28.11)

100m Women: Beryl Atieno(12:76), Linet Nanjala(13:43), Peninah Njeri(13:79), 1500 Metres: Rebecca Matiko(5:07)

5000m women: Serah Wangare (19:31.5), Anne Nasimiyu(20:36.7), Juster Kwamboka(20: 52.4)

100m Men: David Omondi(11:37), Sivanus Ayiecho (11.56), Evans Ngure (11:60)

800m Men: Baxton Menjo(1:53.2), Justus Kipkemboi(1:55.8), Edwin Kipchumba(1:57.0 200m Men: David Omondi (27.78), Sylvanus Ayiecho (23.15), Evans Ngure(23.64)

10,000m: Serah Wangare (40:11.8), Juster Kwamboka (40:40), Veronica Warimu (44:09)

5000m Men: Simon Kibai (14:15), Michael Letting (14:45), Daniel Kiptum(14.46) 400m Women: Faith Mukami (1:00.8) Linnet Wanjala (1:03.6)

800m Women: Rebecca Matiko 2:21.3 (Olympics team), Janet Wairimu 2:26.2