THE SAFARICOM DEAF ATHLETICS: SIMON KIBAI WINS MEN 10,000 METERS MEN AS JUSTER KWAMESA WINS THE WOMEN CATEGORY
The Fourth edition of the Safaricom Deaf Athletics saw Simon Kibai from Uasin Ngishu County win the 10,000-meter men deaf athletics title held at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
Triple champion Kibai clocked at time of 30:24:3 to qualify for the men Deaflympics Games to be held in Turkey later in the year. In second place was Peter Toroitich from Turkana County with a time of 30: 46:2 seconds to book a place to represent the country in the international games.
Daniel Kiptum from Uasin Ngishu closed the top three qualifiers in the ‘A’ standard with time of 31:16:1.
- Simon Kibai – 30: 24.3
- Peter Toroitich – 30:46:2
- Daniel Kiptum – 31:16:1
In the ladies 10,000-meter race, the ever fit Juster Kwamesa recorded a ‘B’ standard qualifying time of 43:34:3 to book a place in the team that will represent the country in the Deaflympics Games. The athletes who hails from Kisii County was emerged string in a field that saw Roselinda Okumu from Kakamega County get the second place with a time of 43:52::9 to also qualify in the ‘B’ standard.
- Juster Kwamesa – 42:34:3
- Roseline Okumu – 43:52.9
In the 400 meter men hurdles finals, Saulo Mwanthi from Nairobi County posted a time of 58:2 seconds to qualify with a ‘B’ standard. Dennis Kiprop from Nandi County was in second position with a time of 58.9 to also qualify in the ‘B’ standard.
- Saulo Mwanthi – 58.2
- Dennis Kiprop – 58.9
In the women 400 meter hurdles race finals Linet Nanjala from Nairobi County was the only qualifier in the ‘B’ standard with a time of 71.3.
The Safaricom Athletics Series was launched in 2013 and is the umbrella banner under which Safaricom manages all its athletics properties. Under the series, there are mixed portfolios of athletics events, which include Athletics Kenya-sponsored competitive races and community-based events.
Over the past two years Safaricom has expanded its athletics portfolio to include more races, as the company seeks to widen the scope of athletic talent that can be identified and nurtured through various sporting events. In 2014 Safaricom added the relay edition to the sponsorship basket and in 2015, the Series was expanded to include track and field events.
The Safaricom Athletics Series brings under one roof the Kisii Half Marathon, Iten Road race, the Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) events, Henry Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run, and the Mombasa International Marathon.
Others races in the series include: Ndalat Gaa Cross Country (Nandi) and the Kisumu City National Marathon.
Each year Safaricom invests tens of millions of shillings in various athletics events with the aim of transforming lives through sports, and has seen many young men and women discovered at these events rise to become celebrated athletic stars.