Deaflympics: Makokha to face Nico for golf bronze medal battle

Kenya’s top Deaf golfer Isaac Makokha remains in contention for medal in the ongoing 24th Deaflympics in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil despite exiting in the semifinals.

He will now face off with Guldan Nico of Germany in the bronze play off Caxias Golf Club. He lost to German John Allen. Allen is the World champion and a double Deaflympics champion.

In the quarter finals the VetLab Golf Club golfer eliminated Nielsen Lasse.

Team Kenya golf head coach Vincent Wang’ombe said the semifinal was tough. “He gave his best but the German player performed better. We lost the match but we still have a chance to play for bronze,” said Wang’ombe.

Makokha said: “In the morning, I was okay and was hoping that the semifinal will played in the afternoon. This caught me off guard. The weather also affected me because it rained heavily,” said Makokha.

He added that the competition had strong golfers than the last edition in Samsun, Turkey. “This competition has very strong participants and I have learnt some lessons from them,” said Makokha in an interview.

Kenya’s other representatives Adan Wario dropped out because of injury while Gilbert Alikula was eliminated after finishing 18th.

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