Gold and silver for Kenya

September 11, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 11 – Kenya’s quest for medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing continued apace with two more medals on Thursday.

Henry Kiprono Kirwa won Kenya second gold medal of the games when he clinched the men’s 5,000 metres T 13 category.
The 35 year old staged a wonderful solo run in the last few laps to win and set a new world record of 14:24.02.

Youssef Benibrahim won silver in 14:50.32 while Odair Santos clinched bronze in a time of 14:53.35.

Mary Nakhumicha then won silver in the women’s javelin F57/58 class. Nakhumicha threw 22.64 metres to finish behind China’s Suping Qing who won gold with a throw of 22.71.

Kenya now has two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.

Kirwa will attempt to win his second gold medal of the games when he lines up in the men’s 1500 metres T 13 category final on Saturday.

He cruised to the final after winning his heat in 4:00.99 a accelerating to win comfortably ahead of second placed Ignacio Avila who was second.

Double All Africa Games champion Abraham Tarbei opened Kenya’s gold account on Wednesday when set a new world record on his way to winning gold in the men’s 1500 metres T46 class.

The 21 year old athlete set a new world best time of 3:52.50 to win the race and gave Kenya her first gold medal of the Games.
Blind athlete Francis Thuo had won Kenya’s fisrt medal at the games on Tuesday afternoon when he won silver in the men’s 5,000 metres T11 category.

Defending champion and World record holder Henry Wanyoike paid dearly for his early pacemaking duties and had to be content with bronze as China’s Zhen Zhang won gold in 15:27.35.

Thuo made his move with two laps to go moving to the front but had no answer to the Zhang’s vicious finishing kick in the final 150 metres as the 24 year old sped away to win by a huge margin.

Thuo timed 15:32.28 while Wanyoike trudged home in 15:47.17- more than 30 seconds off his personal best.


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