October 20th 2017

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Nyandarua girl clinches 5,000M medal in National Deaf Championships

On the 1500M race Hannah, again clinches first position clocking 5:12.7 under the Deaflympics 'B' Standards followed by Annah Nasiyo, 5:25.6 and third position by Timina Barasa 5.26.6.

By Cynthia Gitaucgitau@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 27 May 2017 15:03 EAT

Hannah Wanjiru, 21, from Nyandarua County topped in two final races in the Safaricom National Deaf Athletics Championships in Eldoret.

Hannah clocked 20:25.5 during the 5000m race while Roselyda Okumu from Kakamega came in second with 20:36.9. Coming in third was Juster Kwamesa from Kisiii County with 20:57.4.  The first two have qualified for Deaflympics on 'B' completion entry standards, which must be achieved during the qualification for the Deaflympics championships.

On the 1500M race Hannah, again clinches first position clocking 5:12.7 under the Deaflympics 'B' Standards followed by Annah Nasiyo, 5:25.6 and third position by Timina Barasa 5.26.6. Hannah once more qualified for the Turkey Deaflympics championships 'B' Standards that will be held in July.

SUMMARY OF WINNERS- 5000M WOMEN

  1. Hannah Wanjiru- 20:25.5
  2. Roselyda Okumu- 20:36.9
  3. Juster Kwamesa- 20:57.4
  4. Jentrix Dindi- 22:00.5
  5. Mercy Peyaihi- 22:29.8

SUMMARY OF WINNERS- 1500M WOMEN

  1. Hannah Wanjiru- 5.12.7
  2. Annah Nasiyo- 5:25.6
  3. Timina Barasa- 5.26.6
  4. Aida Odera- 5:36.3
  5. Janet Wairimu- 5:36.8

MEN RACES

JOHN KOECH BEATS WORLD'S CHAMPION DEAFLYMPICS ATHLETE, SIMON KIBAI DURING THE 1500M RACE AT THE SAFARICOM NATIONAL DEAF ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

John Koech from Nakuru outran Simon Kibai, the reigning world champion Deaflympics athlete during the 1500m race leading with a time of 3.56.1. Kibai followed closely clocking 3.56.6.

" I'm very happy to see Koech who's one of the athletes I mentor beat me, it means the mentorship and training we've been through has not gone to vain and that there are young people who will coming up to be better than the existing champions," said Simon Kibai.

In 2013, Simon Kibai won three gold medals leading the 10,000m, 5,000m and 1,500m races, during the 22nd Summer Deaflympics championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Coming third during the race was Kokobi Omari in a time of 4.004.  Numbers one to four have qualified for Deaflympics on 'A' Standard.

Simon Kibai however came back to lead the 5000m Men's race with a time of 14:33.2. Followed closely by Daniel Kiptum from Nandi with 15:12.5. Third position was Michael Letting Uasin Gishu with 15.20.9. Positions one to four qualified on 'A' Standard for the Deaflympics championships, which will take place in July.

SUMMARY OF WINNERS- 1500M MEN

  1. John Koech -3.56.1
  2. Simon Kibai- 3.56.6
  3. Kokobi Omari-4.004
  4. Baxtone Menjo- 4.12.6

SUMMARY OF WINNERS-5000 M MEN

  1. Simon Kibai- 14.33.2
  2. Daniel Kiptum- 15:12.5
  3. Michael Letting- 15:20.9
  4. Peter Torotich- 15:39.6

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