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Double qualification for Simon Kibai and Hannah Wanjiru

Simon Kibai will be defending his three titles at the forthcoming Deaflympic games set for Samsun City of Turkey scheduled for July 18th -30th.  

On Tuesday, Kibai qualified in two of his three races he won in 2013 Deaflympic Games Sofia, Bulgaria in day one of Safaricom National Deaflympics championships at Kipchoge keino Stadium.

The Iten based athlete lost the 1,500m to John Koech but learning the lesson in a hard way, he won the second event of 5,000m to book for double chances of defending his titles in the European nation.

Hannah Wanjiru, Simon Kibai, Deaflympics,Samsun City, Sofia Bulgaria,  John Koech, Baxton Menjo
John Koech racing to victory in 1,500m

And on Wednesday morning, he will be opening the track in 10,000m race. He said the loss was not bad for the 29 year old runner, attributing the loss to young athletes who will take up the baton in future.

“We have many young people that we are mentoring and will be taking from us in the next event. I lost today but I assure Kenyans that I will come home with triple gold,” assured Kibai.

Koech beat Kibai in 3:56.1 while Kibai was second in 3:56.6 before Kokobi Omari and national 3000m Deaflympic champion Baxton Menjo followed in 4:00.4 and 4:12.6.

“I am very happy for the win here especially competing with the world record holder. Last time I qualified but I didn’t compete. However I am focused this time round to do well in Turkey,” Koech who train in Ngong said.

In 2013 he won gold medals in 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m categories in Sofia.

Hannah Wanjiru won a double at the championships, scooping the 1,500m and 5,000m races.

Wanjiru clocked 5:12.7 to win the 1500m surpassing the 5:22.00 B standard qualifying time while Ann Nasimiyu was second in 5:25.6 as Timina Barasa  timed 5:26.6 in third.

Nyandarua based Wanjiru beat Meru Safaricom champion Juster Kwamesa to win 5000m clocking 20:25.5 followed by Roselyda Okumu in 20:36.9 to achieve the 2038.00 B standard qualifying time.

Kwamesa came third in 20:57.4 while Jentrix Dindi clocked 22:00.5 in fourth.

“I am very happy and feel good for the victory. Now that I have qualified, I will go and train more with a view of winning a gold medal in Turkey,” Wanjiru said.

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