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Deaflympics: Sharon Bitok win Kenya another silver

Sharon Jeptarus Bitok clinched silver at the ongoing 24th edition of Deaflympics Games in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil.

Bitok’s silver in the 1,500m increased Kenya’s medal tally to 10 with two gold, four silver, and four bronze.

After scooping 17 medals in the last edition in Samsun, Kenya team is expected to increase their medal tally at the games.

The 24 clocked 4:49.98 to win silver in the race won by Anastasia Sydorenko of Ukraine. Japan’s Mio Okada settled for a bronze after clocking 4:51.78.

Kenya’s other representative Rebecca Matiko came a disappointing fifth during the event held at the Sesi Centro Esportivo Athletics Track. 

“I’m glad that the medal has come in my debut in the Deaflympics,” Bitok said.

“We had strategized for the race with my compatriots but I felt I was not feeling well.

“So I decided to go much faster, and alone, to end the contest as soon as possible,” she explained.

Bitok reiterated that the foul weather that engulfed the Sesi Centro Esportivo Athletics track in the night did not affect her performance in any way.

“I had acclimatized to the cold Brazilian weather by training at the freezing end of Karura Forest while doing my build ups for the global championships back in Nairobi,” she said.

“I will now head for the women’s 800m which I’m optimistic to win,” she said.

Last year, Jeptarus took part in 1500m and 800m in the World Deaf Championships in Poland, finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

Meanwhile, Kenyan Alice Atieno Odhiambo missed the women’s javelin bronze medal by a whisker finishing 4th. 

“I’m happy with my performance, actually I’m equally surprised with my performance,” she said.

Her coach Carolyne Anyango Kola believes the athlete has great potential to go far in the future.

“Her initial throws were feeble, I was almost losing hope, then she picked up the momentum and covered distances in the subsequent rounds which I could not actually believe.

“With government support and harnessing of talents from the grassroots, javelin can reach greater heights in Kenya,” Kola said.

And in the women’s long jump, Anzazi Chaka Nyundo put Kenya on the global map on Tuesday evening by booking a berth in the  finals where she finished 6th.

“Nyundo has made me super proud.

“Reaching the finals shows Kenya has great potential that is yet to be unearthed.

“We can do better in fringe sports like the long jump,” field coach Carolyne Anyango Kola said.

The athletics action takes a break on Wednesday May 11, 2022.

So far Team Kenya has10 medals in Brazil:

Gold

Men’s 10000M-Simon Cherono Kibai

Men’s 1500M- Ian Wambui Kahinga

Silver

4X400M Mix Relay

Men’s 10000M- Peter Toroitich

Women’s 10000M-Serah Wangari Kimani

Women’s 1500M- Sharon Jeptarus Bitok

Bronze

Men’s 10000M- David Kipkogei

Women’s 10000M- Grancy Kandagor

Men’s Javelin- Kelvin Kipkogei

Women’s 400M – Linet Fwamba Nanjala

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