Kenya Paralympics team shine in Morocco event

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deskiKenya Paralympic team from the recently concluded International Paralympic Committee (IPC) International athlete qualifying event in Morocco has qualified 14 athletes to the summer Paralympics to be held in Brazil, Rio-de janerio from 31st August-21st September his year.

The seven-day event which was held in the city of Marrakech, Morocco in May May had the Kenyan team led by team manager John Tita raising a total of 16 athletes.

“It’s an amazing experience, I would like to thank to government and the ministry for their support.

This is the first government that has taken Paralympians to three qualifying events. The two athletes who did not qualify for Rio Paralympics were placed in wrong classes. We will appeal to IPC concerning our two athletes. We hope our case will be valid,” John Tita , the team manager said after arrival.

He appealed for more support. Tita wants the government to offer finances in advance so that he can take his athletes to camp early while he prepares for the Paralympic games in Rio.

Kenya Paralympics Committee is set to launch an appeal through office of the secretary general Elijah Mwandihi in liaison with the chair lady Agnes Flora Oluoch.

Nandi County’s Henry Kiprono Kirwa who qualified for the Rio games also appealed to the federation and ministry for more support.

“we need to train harder with abled bodied athletes, I suggest this camp in preparation for Rio to be taken to Iten.

Also, the Counties should come up with proper structures to nurture raw talent from grassroots because once we retire we need other young stars to take over,”he said.

Kirwa competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing , China  where he won a gold medal in the men’s 1500 metres – T13 event, a gold medal in the men’s 5000 metres – T13 event and a gold medal in the men’s 10000 metres – T12 event said.

Gold medals

  1. Bernard Koskei Kipng’etich…….. T-12…. 1500 m
  2. Misik Stanley Kipkoech …………T-46……1500m
  3. Stephen Wesonga…………………T-47……400m
  4. Nancy Chelang’at Koech………………T-11…..200m
  5. Irene Cherono Tanui……………….T-46…..400m

Silver medals

  1. Sylvia Olero Atieno……F-44…..Discuss throw,26.70m
  2. Wesley Sang’…………..T-46…..400m
  3. Henry Kiprono Kirwa……………T-12….1500m
  4. Bernard Kipng’etich Koskei……T-12….5000m

Bronze medals

1.Wesley Sang’…………T-46…….1500m

2.Wesley Sang’………….T-46…….200m

3.Nancy Chelang’at ……..T-11…….15,000m

Total medals: 12 medals

Rank: 4

Total countries participated: 20

 

 

 

 

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