Record holder Simon Cherono Kibai successfully defended his men’s 10000m title at the ongoing 24th Summer Deaflympics Games in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil on Monday. Kibai led compatriots Peter Toroitich and David Kipkogei to a podium finish in that order.
Kenyan ambassador to Brazil Lemarron Kaanto led a capacity crowd to cheer the trio during the high octane race.
By the time of going to press,the timings of the competition were still being held by the deaf world governing body ICSD until all doping outcomes of all the participating athletes were known.
“I was out to win the race.I’m glad I did so
“What I don’t know is if I broke the record again,” Kibai said.
Toroitich who was happy to have run his own race that realised him a silver said: ” I give our coach Samuel Kibet all the credit, he helped us to stay focus and inspired ahead of the competition.”
Kipkogei said he had a nagging injury that really pushed him back from the leading pack.
” But I’m glad I still finished within the medal bracket,” he said.
Another Kipkogei (Kelvin) threw 51.30m to win bronze in men’s javelin.
“I followed all the instructions from the coach and this is what led me to the podium in my first international event,” Kelvin said.
Kenya 35 Argentina 3
Kenya 31 Lithuania 114
Mix 4X400m Relay
- USA gold
Men’s 10000m finals
- Simon Cherono Kibai gold
- Peter Toroitich silver
- David Kipkogei bronze
- Matteo Gonzalez (Italy) 60.59 gold
- Tomas Rozumczyk (Poland) 57.74 silver
- Kelvin Kipkogei 51.30 bronze.