Kipkogei rules men's 10000m Deaf trials

Jun 06, 2021

David Kipkogei of Rift Valley won the Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya, DAAK men’s 5000m-race on Wednesday,as the two day national trials came to a close at the Nyayo national stadium.

Kipkogei who is also the reigning world champion in both 10,000m and 5000m waited until the last lap to break away from a resilient Simon Kibai from Central to win in 14:47.6 ahead of third placed Geoffrey Kamia who timed 14:50.7 and Robert Kiprotich fourth in 15:22.3.

Kibai posted 14:50.3 and confirm their tickets to the second World Deaf championship that will take place in Toronto, Canada from July 12 - 22.

“It was cold but the course was very good, learnt my lessons in Taipei, (China) in 2009 that is why I decided to trail and when I realized I still had energy I took off in the last lap,” said Kipkogei, 33 who trains in Eldoret. Peter Toroitich (15:01.6), Heron Kimutai (15:38.30), Michael Letting (15:49.4) and Dennis Shilisia (16:14.0) both posted qualifying times to finished fourth to eight positions respectively.

Unlike the men where eight of the top finishers hit the world championships qualifying mark only three managed to run within the set mark in the women’s race.

Veronica Wairimu clocked 21.22.4 ahead of Ann Otongo (21:32.00) and Careen Ananda (23:28.6) second and third respectively. In the men’s 3000m steeple chase Obed Kipruto won in 9:50.55 beating Haron Kimutai- to second in 10:03.07.

But overall DAAK was impressed with the athletes’ performances on track which improved tremendously from the last trials but the decline carried on in the field events. Jarvis Manyasi (39.30) and Samuel Kipruto (38.37) managed the best throws in javelin while Wilson Kinda and Charles Mutai attained the qualifying marks in men’s long jump with a 5.82m and 5.81m jumps.

The traveling team will named by the Kenya Sports Federation for the deaf and DAAK next week.

The government through Ministry of sports has pledged to support the team in their preparation and travel to Canada.

“It is the responsibility of the government to prepare any national team that is going to represent this country in any competition and this team will not be an exception. We want them to have good preparation and possibly win more medals than they won in the last editions,” said Sports Minister, Paul Otuoma.

 

 

Elvince Joshua

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