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Kenya shifts focus to World Para Athletics after Tunis exploits

By yesterday, 24 Kenyan Para athletes had met qualifying standards after a brilliant show in Tunis.

The 2024 World Para Athletics Championships will be held on May 17 25 in Japan.

Kenyan Para athletes are now turning sights on the 2024 World Para Athleties championships in Kobe, Japan after a brilliant show at the Tunis World Para Athletics Grand Prix.

Kenyan Para athletes used the Tunis meet to gauge their form and secure qualifications ahead of the global show set for May 17-25.

The team that competed in the Tunis show that ended on Thursday evening posted surprising results in the sprints and some field events.

For instance, Ann Wacuka produced stunning throws to finish second in the women’s 1/54/55. Wesley Sang and John Njoroge secured podium places in 400m 146/17 and 111/12 respectively. Sang finished second in his classification, while Njoroge took third place.

Top Para athletics jetted in from Tunis yester- day after chalking up victories in a number of contests.

Kenya National Paralympic Committee  official and technical official Joseph Ochieng yesterday said 24 Para athletes, excluding their guides, had hit the qualifying times for the Kobe action.

“The team will take a short break before we begin preparing for Kobe world championships. Those who have qualified will start training as soon as possible,” said Ochieng.

Samwel Mushai, the T11 Paralympic gold medallist (2016) oozed class in the 5000m T11 leading Kenyan charges to a 1-2 finish.

“I am now looking forward to competing in Kobe and ultimately at the 2024 Paris Paralympics. The training will be harder ahead of the international competitions,” Mushai said after the win.

John Wambua is returning home with a gold medal in the men’s 5000m T54 competition under

his belt. He clocked 18:02.

The squad also managed podium places in the


Emmanuel Kipkembo Wilson, Karir Benard (Guide), Chepkoech Jenter, James Everyne Kalinda Mukin John Njoroge Munikwel Moses Longool

(Guide) Kimani Samwel Mucha, Kipchumba Jen (Guide), Koech Nancy Chelangan, Rotich Geoffrey Kiplingar (Guidel, hondo Catherine Wanyany Sheila Nangia Njoroge Mary Waithera, Boitames (Guide), Clero Sylvia Achieng, Opiyo Samson, Autta Evans, Sang Wesley Kimef, Wacusa m, Benard

Mnangat, Job Langat (Guide), Wambua Mueni Carolyne Wantra Samuel Nalge sprints, with Emmanuel Bett finishing third in the men’s 100m T44/62/64.

Bett crossed the finishing mark behind race winner Italy’s Francesco Loragno and runner-up Nour Alsana of Saudi Arabia.

In the women’s 100m 153/54, Caroline Wanjira. like Hett, took the third place in the contest won by Amal Sahi of Tunisia. Lamia Benkrama of Algeria finished second.

Kenyan women dominated the 1500m TII on Wednesday, the second day of the Para Athletics Grand Prix.

Reigning World Paralympic 1500m TII champion Nancy Chelangat led Mary Waithera to first and second places respectively; the duo firing warning shots ahead of the two global show- downs.

Courtesy: Standard Media(Stephen Rutto)

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