Toroitich tops Athletics Deaf World trials

Jun 05, 2021

World deaf 10000m silver medalist Peter Torotich beat the reigning champion, David Kosgei to win the   national trials on Tuesday held at the Nyayo national stadium and confirm his ticket to the World Deaf championships in Toronto, Canada.

Torotich ran a tactical race to qualify top of the trials organised by the  Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya,DAAK and will be looking to win the global title during the event set for July 12-22 which will bring over 20 countries.

"I defeated Kosgei today, that was very encouraging to me. I would want to beat him again in Toronto where am looking for nothing short of first position," said Torotich who clocked 30:39.2 Kosgei posted 30:31.0 while David Njora (31:14.7), Geoffrey Simiyu (32:28.4) and Peter Kiarie (33:59.5) all posted qualifying times to finish third, fourth and fifth respectively.

In the men’s 1500m heats, a total of nine athletes lead by Braxton Mejo who broke a Word record in the 3000m steeple Chase in Chinese Taipei (2009) posted the best qualifying A-standards.

Mejo who would be doubling in the 800m and 1500m in Canada posted 3:52.5 in his heat ahead Geoffrey Kamia in 4:02.2 while Simon Kibai (4:10.1), Obed Kipruto (4:11.3) and Heron Kimutai ( 4:16.5) finished in position third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Beryl Achieng who won the girls 100m at the just concluded Kenya secondary Schools Sports athletics championships in Eldoret outpaced her opponents in the women's 200m heat one.

Achieng, 17, who clocked 11.09 at the secondary games  where she was running for the Father Ouderea Secondary school for the deaf in Nyang'oma, Bondo is optimistic she will make it to the national team for Canada.

"I ran very first today to fulfil my father's footsteps, I started running while I was in class two up to now and I hope I will be selected to represent Kenya in Canada," said Achieng who is trained by David Abayo,a teacher at the school.

Her outstanding performance has however not gone without controversies. Athletics Kenya, Nyanza branch want the newly crowned national secondary champion (200m and 100m) to race in forthcoming national championships set for next month but DAAK insist the young athlete should only compete in the deaf competitions.

"There has been that other story that they want her to compete with the hearing, that is not possible because they will have advantage over her," argued DAAK PRO, Tom Okiki.

Field event however registered poor result after a number of athletes failed hit the qualifying marks in discuss (women), and short put events.

Only two athletes, Wilson Kenda who managed 5.82m in the highjump and Charles Mutai (5.81m) qualified in the men's long jump.

Already Qualified athletes Long jump men: Wilson Kenda 5.82m, Charles Mutai (5.81m) 10,000m men: Peter Torotich (30:39.2), David Kosgei (30:31.0), David Njora (31:14.7), Geoffrey Simiyu (32:28.4) and Peter Kiarie (33:59.5.


Elvince Joshua

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