Reigning Deaflympics Games gold medalist Daniel Kiptum and Juster Moraa Kwamesa defended their titles at the sixth edition of Kericho Deaf Half Marathon ran today.
Kiptum who also won the Mombasa meeting last year won the race in 71:16 ahead of Lucas Wandia who came in second in a time of 71:58 and David Njeru who finished third in72.00.
“I am happy to have defended my title successfully in the today’s marathon. Having elite athletes in the marathon made the completion very stiff. I will continue training hard ahead of the 1st Africa Deaf Athletics Championships which will be held in Kasarani in September,” said Daniel Kiptum.
Kwamesa won the women’s title 1:42.01 ahead of Priscah Naibin at 1:42.09 with Rebeca Matiko clocking 1:55.5 to finish third.
The annual event also included the 10KM races for both men and women where Geoffrey Kamia won in the men’s category in a time of 36:00 followed closely by Gilbert Kirui in 36:02 and Dennis Kiprop in third position at 37:00.
Kakamega’s Jentrix Dindi won in the women’s 10KM in a time of 47:46 with Mercy Moraa and Viola Jelimo coming in second and third places at 47:50 and 48:18 respectively.
The event saw the winners in the half marathon walk away with KES.100, 000, KES 50,000 and KES 30,000 respectively. The 10KM race saw the first three awarded KES 50,000, KES 40,000 and KES 30,000 respectively in cash prizes. Besides the cash prizes, the winners also got a direct qualification to the 1st African Deaf Championship scheduled to be held in Nairobi.