Kenya: Team Captain Wandia Leads By Instance to Retain Steeplechase Title in Deaflympics

Caxias Do Sul — Team Kenya captain Lucas Wandia lived as much as his billing by retaining his males’s 3000m Steeplechase title in a time of 9 Minutes, 19.27 Seconds on the ongoing twenty fourth Summer Deaflympics in Brazil.

His compatriot Peter Omari Kokobi settled for bronze after returning 9 Minutes, 30.13 Seconds behind Alexander Bley of Germany who settled for silver in 9 Minutes 25.86 Seconds as Jacob Kibet got here a distant fifth within the race held on the Sesi Centro Esportivo Athletics Track within the Southern City of Caxias Do Sul on Friday morning.

“I want to thank coach Samuel Kibet for equipping me with tactics that made the race so easy. We had planned for a 1,2,3 finish but unfortunately one of us, Jacob Kibet, got injured and this made him to struggle in the race,” Wandia stated.

He added, “The competition was also easy for me because of the adequate training I had at the camp back in Nairobi that helped me to improve on my speed.”

“We are also grateful for the government support as all our needs were met, making us to only focus on one thing, training for the championships alone,” Wandia acknowledged.

The Deaflympics file holder has been Team Kenya skipper for a decade now.

-Women’s bronze-

Meanwhile, Ann Njoki Wangeci was over the moon for profitable bronze in ladies’s occasion.

She got here third within the race, held on Friday morning (Kenyan time) on the Sesi Centro Esportivo Athletics Track, behind Sarah Elise Ruokonen of Finland and Emily Wilson of USA.

The medal was essential to Wangeci since she was making her debut each within the race and the championships.

“I switched from strolling race to steeplechase as a result of the previous will not be supplied within the Deaflympics.

“I’m happy to have won a medal in my first stint in the Games,” Wangeci stated.

“I’m hoping to win gold within the subsequent version of the championships.

“When I go back home, I’ll do a lot of practice on the hurdle because jumping over the barrier is my greatest weakness,” stated Wangeci.

While Wangeci was basking in glory, her compatriot Sarah Wasike was nursing damage after falling from the hurdle through the competitors.

Kenya heading in the right direction to shatter her medal haul within the Games.

Kenya thus far has bagged 14 medals within the ongoing twenty fourth Summer Deaflympics in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil.