Nairobi — Just as he promised, double world champion Simon Kibai has delivered gold within the ongoing 24 th Summer Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
Kibai did it in a scintillating style after main compatriots to a podium sweep within the males’s 10,000m on Sunday on the Sessi Sport Center.
Kibai, who commanded the race for the fifth lap gained gold forward of Peter Toroitich who bagged silver and David Kipkogei who settled for bronze.
“I have led my team to win gold, silver and bronze, I thank the government for the full support they have given us. When we started the race, I was dreaming of getting a gold medal like in the last Deaflympics and I have managed it,” a jolly Kibai mentioned after the race.
“We did what the coach told us in training and it has paid off, the strategy was to start slow and then increase the pace after every curve and when we reached home stretch, with 600m to go we increase the pace with a powerful kick,” Kibai added.
Kibai can be hoping to finish a double when he takes it to the observe for the lads’s 5000m closing.
“I have improved my time since training and I am glad with the time that I have set today. I expect to get gold in 5000m then after I think of upgrading and moving to marathon, because I feel motivated, I started with 1500m, then 5000m and now 10,000. Hopefully I will break the marathon world record.”
Earlier on, Kenya bagged a uncommon medal within the Mixed Relay the place the quartet of George Waweru, Beryl Wamira, Linnet Nanjala and Isaac Atima gained silver.
In Javelin, Kevin Kipkogei scooped bronze whereas in Ball Games, the nationwide girls’s handball staff thrashed Argentina 35-3 to storm into the semi-finals whereas in Basketball, Kenya Women’s Deaf Basketball will tackle Italy within the quarter finals.