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Wesley Kimeli Sang

Name: Wesley Kimeli Sang

Nationality: Kenyan

Date of Birth: March 1, 1994

Sport: Para-Athletics 

Event: (1,500 T46)

Disability: Right-Hand Disability  

Achievements

Sang represented Kenya for the first time in high school at the 2015 African Games in Congo, Brazzaville. He competed in 400m T47 and reached the final to win the event, but his victory wasn’t ratified since he had not been graded.  

He was to represent Kenya at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championships, but the team arrived late for the event, hence time-barred. 

However, he made it to the 2019 Dubai World-Para Athletics Championships, reached the final of the 1,500m T46 to finish sixth in a personal best of 4:02.07 in the event won by Bulgarian Hristiyan Stoyanov in a Championship record of 3:50.87. 

It’s at the 2023 Paris World Para-Athletics Championships, where Sang ironically nailed his qualification for the Paris Summer Games, finishing fourth in the 1,500m T46 in another personal best 3:59.34. Stoyanov retained his title in 3:52.56.

Mary Waithera Njoroge & her guide

Name: Mary Waithera Njoroge

Nationality: Kenyan

Date of Birth: January 3, 1984

Sport: Para-Athletics 

Event: 1,500 T11, 400 T11

Disability: Visually impaired   

Achievements

Qualified to represent Kenya at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championships, but the team arrived late for the event and was time-barred.

However, he made it to the 2019 Dubai World-Para Athletics Championships, reached the final of the 1,500m T11 to finish fourth behind winner Monica Olivia Rodriguez Saavedra from Mexico, Chinese He Shanshan, who got silver and Kenya’s Nancy Chelangat, who got bronze. 

That enabled her to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, where she settled seventh in Japan, where compatriot Nancy Chelangat won bronze as Mexican Mónica Olivia Rodríguez went gold with South African Louzanne Coetzee settling for silver.

Waithera settled for bronze in Personal Best 4:30.98 in 1,500m T11 at the 2023 World Para-Athletics Championships. Her colleague Nancy Chelangat won gold in a new Championship Record of 4:22.15 as South Africa’s Louzanne Coetzee second in 4:22.50.

Waithera’s exploits would send her back to Paris for her second 2024 Summer Paralympic Games.

Waithera embraced athletics in primary school, where she competed in 5,000m and cross country up top high school level. 

She lost sight in 2011 after she suffered optic atrophy, which refers to the death of the retinal ganglion cell axons that comprise the optic nerves. But she resumed training in 2015, where she trained for four months to earn selection to Team Kenya for the Seoul 2015 IBSA World Games, competing in 5,000m T11.

However, in 2016, she turned to 1,500m R11 to better her chances of qualifying for the world championships and Paralympic Games, a move she doesn’t regret.  

Nancy Chelangat Koech

Name: Nancy Chelangat 

Nationality: Kenyan

Date of Birth: 

Sport: Para-Athletics 

Event: 1,500 T11

Disability: Visually Impaired 

Achievements

She represented Kenya at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and she won the silver medal in the women’s 1,500m T11 event.

Chelangat collected a bronze medal in the women’s 1,500m T11 at the 2019 World Para-Athletics Championships held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She lost to Monica Olivia Rodriguez Saavedra from Mexico, who went for gold, while He Shanshan of China went for silver.

The performance saw her secure her second appearance at the Paralympics during the delayed 2020 Tokyo Summer Games in 2021. She went on to claim bronze in the 1,500m T11, which was the only medal for Kenya from the Tokyo Games.

Mexican Mónica Olivia Rodríguez won gold, with South African Louzanne Coetzee settling for silver. 

The 2023 World Para-Athletics Championships proved a breakthrough for Chelangat, where she won gold in the 1,500m T11 in a new Championship Record of 4:22.15. She beat South Africa’s Louzanne Coetzee to second in 4:22.50 as compatriot Mary Waithera Njoroge settled for bronze in Personal Best 4:30.98.

Asiya Sururu Mohammed

Name: Asiya Sururu Mohamed

Nationality: Kenyan

Date of Birth: April 25, 1992, Mombasa, Kenya

Sport: Para-Rowing

Event: single sculls

Disability: Amputee (both legs) 

Achievements 

She took up the sport of rowing at the age of 29 in 2018. 

She participated in the International Para-rowing at Gavirate Regatta in Italy from 18-19, 2019, which was also her first international rowing event.

In October 2019, she received the qualification slot from the 2019 Africa Continental Qualification to participate at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in the women’s PR1 single sculls rowing, just three years after taking the sport of rowing.

That made her the first female to represent Kenya in the Olympics or Paralympics.

Sururu qualified for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games during the Africa qualifiers held in October 2023 in Regatta, Tunisia. 

She won the PR1 women’s single sculls (12:44) to become the first Kenyan rower to qualify for two consecutive Paralympic Games.

Additionally, Sururu set two world indoor rowing records in 2023 – the Concept2 Row ski bike ERG (indoor rowing) of 60 minutes over a distance of 11,243m on October 7. She went for the second record four days later with a new mark of 30 over a distance of 5,610m in the women’s 30-39 PR1.

She was declared the 2023 Sportswoman with Disability during the 2023 Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) Gala.