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Deaflympics: Kibai secure double gold as Rono secure gold

It was a double victory for Symon Kibai when he retained his 5,000m gold at the ongoing Deaflympic Games in Brazil.

Today, Kenya surpassed the 2017 Games medal tally gained in Samsun, Turkey after eight medals were won today to tally to two gold, four silver and two bronze.

The tally now stands at 24 medals with five gold, eight silver and 11 bronze.

Kibai led the Kenyan 1-2 podium finish as Ian Wambui took silver. Kibai won in 14:14.81 as Wambui came second timing 14:24.27 with Swedish Otto Kingstedt finished third in 14.44.19.

Elikana Rono won gold in men’s 800m in 1:54.75 ahead of Jaime Martinez for silver in 1:54.88, while Michal Kulpa of Poland settled for bronze in 1:54.91.

In the women’s 5, 000m finals Grancy Kandagor won a bronze medal after finishing in 18:16.44 in the race which was won by Sara-Elise Ruokonen (17:33.03).

Lourdes Juarez of Mexico was beaten to second place in 17:33.91.

The Kenyan quartet Beryl Wamira, Linet Nanjala Sharon Bitok and Pamela Atieno clinched a silver in the women’s 4x400m relay while their male counterparts Isaac Atima, George Waweru Charles Muthama and Simon Menza settled for a bronze in the men’s event. It was Wamira’s fourth medal. She won two silver and two bronze medals.

Sharon Jeptarus and Rebecca Matiko won silver and bronze in the women’s 800m.  Anastasia Sydorenko of Ukraine won gold in 2:21.11.

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