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The Standard – Kenya: Kenya's deaf athletes conquer the first African event | The standard

Participants of the 1500 men category during yesterday's 1st Africa Deaf Athletics Championship Games at Kasarani Stadium. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Daniel Kiptum won the half-marathon gold medal in 1: 09.14 hours yesterday, despite stumbling and spending a few seconds on the tarmac when Kenya scored all podium finishes.

David Njeri was 1: 09.36 behind Kiptum and Lucas Wanadai won the bronze in 1: 11.55.

Kiptum's victory sparked a gold rush for Kenya on the final day of the African Athletics Championships in Kasarani, Nairobi.

On the men's 1

500m, John Koech drove over the track for the last 200m to get gold for Kenya in 4.06,55 minutes. His compatriot Omari Kokobi won silver in 4.07.00 minutes, closely followed by Berhane Yemane of Ethiopia, who finished in 4.10.63 minutes. Denis Kiprop finished fifth behind Suba Hagos of Ethiopia.

Hannah Wanjiru won the bronze medal for Kenya in the women's 1500m race in 5.03,71 minutes.

Rega Asaku from Ethiopia won gold in 4:35:24, followed by Nyakato Senifeer from Uganda, who crossed the finish line in 4:35:88.

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The 4x100m relay was the highlight of the day as it pumped adrenaline both on the track and on the spectator side. Kenya won in 42.80 seconds ahead of Nigeria, who was content with silver in 43.03 seconds. In third place Mauritius landed in 46.89 seconds.

Kenya clinched another gold in the 4x400m relay at the end of the race in 3,24,53 minutes.

Nigeria finished second in 3:28:93, ahead of Algeria in 3,35.02. The relay race kept the spectators busy at the sprawling Kasarani Stadium as the athletes provided spectacular entertainment.

According to Kenya head coach Sammy Kibet, results were more than expected in both athletics and field. "I thought we would get 30 medals and now we have more than 50. The players have taken our training and it worked well for them. We had no injuries and that increased our performance, "Kibet said.

Kenya has once again proven that no challenge or obstacle can overthrow its dominant athletic throne. With a total of 54 medals in the Africa Deaf Athletics Championship, Kenya secured first place with 20 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals.

The championship was the first of its kind in Africa to be held on 16 September at the Moi International Sports Center.

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