Kenyans target Steeple medals ,Menjo grabs gold at World deaf event

Jul 19, 2021
  • Kenyan's David Kipkogei,David Kiptum and Peter Toroitich after their 10000m race at the WDAC in Canada.Kenyans finished in the top four positions.(Photo:WDACmedia)

Kenyans Obed Kipruto and Lucas Wandi will be in action on Thursday at the University of Toronto’s varsity centre in Canada looking to carry on the country’s dominance in the traditional 3000m-steeplechase race.

Four years ago at the inaugural World Deaf Athletics Championships in Turkey Kenya’s Edwin Kipchumba settled for bronze in the steeplechase run behind Polish and Russian runners. Then Kipruto finished seventh two slots behind Baxtone Menjo.

After competing then in four events, Menjo was finally rewarded with the gold in the men’sin the 1500m Tuesday a remarkable  improvement from his sixth place ranking in Turkey.

Menjo who is the junior world record holder in the 1500m following his 4:02.03 run as a 19 year-old four years ago, lowered Spaniard’s Rey Javier’s world record by almost a minute in his 3:48.69 winning time at the Toronto track.

The old mark was 3:49.29. Kenyan Simon Kibai also ran within the world record mark (3:49.14) for silver as Russian Andrey Andreev settled for bronze in 3:58.48.Geoffery Kamia faded to seventh (4:11.77).

Menjo will also be in action in the men’s 800m semifinal on Thursday looking to improve on his 13-place finish in the finals at the last edition.

He will also compete in the 4-x400m relay. Beryl Atieno won Kenya a silver medal in the 100m in 12.34 seconds which was overwhelmingly won by Suslaidy Rivero from Cuba in a world record time of 11.84 in the 100m sprints.

David Wamira placed 6th in the men’s dash in 11.37, won by Ukraine’s Mykola Nosenko(10.92).

Joan Wambani and Serah Wangari could not match the pace in the women’s 1500m race won by Russian Olga Yakubovskaya(4:32.47) as they ranked 9th and 10th respectively in 5:12.28 and 5:16.26.

Daniel Kiptum led a sweep of top four positions in the 10000m on Monday the opening day of the week long championships, a qualifying event for the 2013 World Paralympics in Bulgaria.


 Evelyn Watta

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