Nairobi — Kenya’s Deaf athletics head coach Samuel Kibet has cautioned his athletes towards complacency when the twenty fourth Summer Deaflympics get underway in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
Kibet is upbeat his costs will surpass final version’s medal haul on the international extravaganza to be held within the Southern Brazilian City from May 1 to fifteen.
“We must be focused if we want to win medals and this is one of the areas we are addressing. I have asked my athletes not to take anything for granted,” Kibet stated after the group’s night session.
The Kenyan tactician says they’re anticipating powerful opponents, including that they will deal with every scenario because it comes.
“We have two main targets here. One is to improve on the performance, and two is to see how many records we can break. In the last Deaflympics, we had 16, we are praying this time round to go higher and get 20 medals,” added the tactician.
The group comprising of 28 males and 18 ladies, has been at residential camp on the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani since April 4.
“We have selected a strong track and field team for the Summer Deaflympics. The team is ready for the assignment. They have improved since we started training. We want to ensure they maintain top shape ahead of their departure to Brazil,” provides Kibet, who has been with the group since 2013.
He backed Simon Kibai (5,000m, and 10,000m, Lucas Wandia (3, 000m steeplechase), Daniel Kiptum (marathon) and John Koech (1,500m) to decrease their data.
Kibet can also be optimistic sprinters will end throughout the medal bracket throughout the 15-day championships.
“Remember old is gold and obviously, we have high hopes on experienced athletes because they are leading from the front. I want to believe the young athletes are following their steps. According to our assessment in training, all of them have generally improved and all of them are all at the same level,” stated the Kibet
“The 200m junior world record holder Beryl Wamira is also capable of breaking the senior record,” acknowledged the coach after a coaching session at Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.
Wamira, who’s in Team Kenya collectively together with her sister Rael and brother David may also be in search of honours within the ladies’s 100m.
The ladies’s captain since 2012, Wamira says regardless of operating with a nagging hip harm, she is assured of a podium end.
“We are ready especially the women’s team and I know we will do well. We all have individual goals but we are going to win as many gold medals as possible,” stated Wamira.
Kenya may also subject athletes in javelin, hummer and focus on.
The group is scheduled to depart for Brazil later this week. The first batch of Kenya Team athletes comprising the Women soccer group arrived in Caxias do Sul on Tuesday night.
In the twenty third Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, in 2017, Kenya gained 16 medals; 5 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals.