Kenya grabs four gold at World deaf championships

Jul 23, 2021

Kenya wrapped up her showing at the second edition of the Word deaf athletics championships in Toronto, Canada ended their campaign fourth in the medal standings with four gold medals.

Bexton Menjo and Beryl Atieno were the toast of the Kenyan team as they picked their second championships medals on the penultimate day Friday.

Menjo followed up his World record 1500m win with an equally good run in the 800m which he won in 1:52.26, improving the old games mark (1:54.64) by almost two seconds.

His compatriot Justus Kipkemboi settled for bronze in 1:53. 92 behind Russian Andrey Andreev(1:52.91).

Atieno the 100m silver medallist and the only Kenyan female medallist in the championships, beat the 200m women’s field for the gold medal clocking 24.76.

Russian Ksenia Golovina 24.98 and Belarusian Alena Tsiarentsyeva 25.43 finished second and third respectively. David Wamira picked silver in the men’s 200m dash in 22.16 which was won by Mykola Nosenko of Ukraine in 21.97.

Polish Rafel Nawal won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:14.19 relegating Kenyan Harum Kimutai to fifth in 9:36.95, a PB.

Kenyans were false started in the 4x400m relay final after disqualification in the 4x100m race.

After the 10 000m medal sweep in the men's race, Kenya ended the championships behind Russia with 11 gold and 42 medals, Ukraine who had six gold for a total of 17 and Belarus with 4 gold.

 

 Evelyn Watta

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