Tarbei retains Paralympic 1500m crown in record time

Sep 05, 2012
  • Abraham Tarbei of Kenya crosses the line to win gold in the men's 1500m - T46 final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium.(Photo:London2012)

  • Abderrahim Zhiou of Tunisia beats David Korir of Kenya to win gold in the men's 1500m - T13 on Day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Kenya picked up its second gold at the Paralympics Games in yet another world record run by Abraham Tarbei in the men’s 1500m T46, on Tuesday in London.

Tarbei successfully defended his title from Beijing in in 3:50.15 improving his record from four year by almost three seconds. The old mark stood at 3:52.50.

It was a close fast paced run as the top three Ethiopian Fkire Indelbu also earned his silver within the world record mark in 3:59.87 and so did Algerian Samir Nouioua who timed at 3:51.80 for the bronze.

Kenyans Jonah Chesum and Stanley Cheruiyot found the going tough slipping to 7th and 11th respectively.

Tarbei the double gold medallist four years ago(1500 and 5000m) events has shifted to the two-lap race where he begins the qualifying race on Thursday, as they seek to better their performance of the Olympics team last month with three days of competition to go for the track and field events.

Kenyan athletes picked two gold medals.

Earlier, David Korir just missed the gold in the 1500m to a spirited Abderrahim Zhiou of Tunisia eager to bounce back after losing the 5000m title on Monday.

Zhiou beat Korir who had led for most of the race in the last 50m crossing the line in 3:48.31, yet another world record at the Olympic stadium.

The Kenyans 3:48.84 silver winning time was yet another fast world mark as British David Devine 3:49.79, a European record.

Henry Kirwa the bronze medallist in the 5000m also ran his personal best of 3:53.55 that ranked him fifth, clearly barely recovered from the fast paced run the previous night.

Mary Nakhumicha threw her season best of 19.21m in the women’s discuss throw F 57/58 way behind the Nassima Saifa of Algerian’s lengthiest of the evening of 40.34, a games record. Nakhumicha whose strongest event is the javelin palced 15th of the 17 starters.


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