Paralympics team returns home

Sep 11, 2012
  • Gold medalist Abraham Tarbei(holding his daughter) and David Korir the doble silver winner.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The Kenya Paralympic team led by Gold medalists Samwel Muchai and Abraham Tarbei arrived back home to a heroes welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi early Tuesday from the London 2012 Games.

Government officials and family members thronged the arrival lounge to welcome the Paralympians.

The Paralympics team of 19 athletes that included five runner guides competed in the six Track events picking two gold medals in world record times in the 1500m T11 gold through Muchai while Tarbei defended his 1500m T46 title.

Also commendable was Mary Nakhumicha’s Whang Youn Dai gold that she was awared by the International Paralympics Committee,IPC for exemplifying the spirit of the Paralympic games through participation and competition in the field events for the last decade.

“I was so happy with award. When I was told to nominated out hundreds of female athletes I almost fainted. This is abig honour for me, very big!”said an elated Nakhumicha who competed in the Javelin, Discuss and Shotput F57 competitions.

She was awarded on the final day of competition on Sunday alongside Irishman Michael McKillop.

The games were very, very competitive but I was focussed on defending my title and bringing Kenya glory as always,” added Tarbei who also won bronze in the 800m T46 event.

David Kirwa won Kenya’s two gold medals at the games while team captian Henry Kirwa’s bronze in the 5000m T12 ranked Kenya 40th in the medal standings.

Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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