Juster Kwamesa, 2017 Deaflympics silver medalist, under 10,000km category qualifies for the 1st Summer Deaflympic Youth Games.
Clinching the first position at the National Junior Deaf Championships, 5000m category and in time of 22:08.0, Juster is still under pressure to take on Hannah Wanjiru’s shoes who emerged third position at 2017 Deaflympics in time of 18:30.90.
Peter Ruto and Juster Kwamesa will represent Kenya at the 1st Summer Deaflympic Youth Games to be held in Armenia in June 2019.
Kwamesa and Ruto qualified for the Summer Deaflympic Youth Games after emerging winners in the 5000m race in the National Youth Deaf Athletics Championships trials that commenced today (Thursday) at Kasarani Stadium.
Kwamesa, a Bronze medalist in 5000m at the 21st Summer Deaflympics 2017 clocked 22:08.5 to beat Deonidah Okiga who was second at 22:13.9 followed by Grace Kendagu at 25:30.4. All the three qualified for the 1st Summer Deaflympic Youth Games.
The below are names of the qualified teams;
1500 M Women Final
1. Rosalinda Meiya(5:37.5)
1500 M Men Final
1. Kelvin Waithaka (4:09.1)
5000 M Women Final
1. Juster Kwamesa (22:08.0)
2. Deonida Okiga (22:13.9)
5000M Men Final
1. Peter Rutto ( 16:17.0)
1. Samuel Ngesa – Distance 20.10
3000M Women Final
1. Roselinda Meiya (12:38.0)
3000M Men Final
1. Nicholas Odiwuor (10:29.7)
400 M (14-18YRS) Men final
1. Isaac Atim
400 M ( 19 -25 YRS) Men Final
1. Charles Muthama (50.6)
100 m (19- 25 YRS) Women Final
1. Beryl Wamira
200M (14-18 YRS) Men Final
1. Isaac Atim
Peter Ruto who is new on the track met the cut to the 1st Summer Deaflympic Youth Games after emerging first at 16:17.0 in the trials held today at Kasarani. He was followed by Kamau Martin at 20:53.8. Kamau will also represent the country in Armania.
“I am very proud to have made it today. The trainings have been had back home in Uasin Gishu since a train without the help of a coach or any professional. I want to focus on my training for the remaining period to build on my speed. I trust I will do well”, said Peter Ruto, winner 5000m
Nicholas Odiwuor (10:29.7) and Samwel Shengule (11:29.6) also qualified in the 3000m men’s category. Roselida Neita (12:38.3), Ann Wangeci (12:48.0) and Priscah Naibin (12:56.0) also made the mark in the 3000m women category.
“We have had a good start of the championships today with a number of new names discovered. We are looking forward to even a better closure tomorrow when the likes of Beryl Atieno Wamira will grace the track,” said Benard Banja, Secretary General of DAAK.
The two day event offers a platform for Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) to select a team of 25 athletes to represent Kenya in the 1st Summer Deaflympic Youth Games to be held in Armenia in June 2019.
At the 2017 Deaflympic Games in Turkey, Kenya won 16 medals including 5 gold and was the only African team in the top 10. The team also broke 3 world records in the 1,500m, 3000m Steeplechase and 10,000m men’s races.