In Summary
  • The 2019 Special Olympics World Games have attracted over 170 countries.
  • Kenya is fielding 71 contestants taking part in football, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, handball, athletics, bocce, cycling, golf, swimming and Open Water Swimming.

Kenya increased its medal tally to eight on Sunday after bagging its fifth gold medal through Kelvin Tanui in the boys'1500 metres at the ongoing Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 19-year-old runner bagged the M10 category title in four minutes, 18.47 seconds. Tanui was closely followed in second place by Moroccan Houdaifa Mohamed (4:22.32), while Canadian Stephane Piccinin took bronze (4:27.01).

On Saturday, swimmer Kagondu Kariuki triumphed in the 50 metres freestyle M09 category in 41.91 seconds. Awadh Alketbi Alketbi (UAE) and Justin Beliveau (USA) bagged silver and bronze in 45.61 and 46.31 respectively.

Runner Stella Chepkosgei led a 1-2 for Kenya in the girls' 1,500 metres as she clinched gold in the three-lap race in four minutes, 49.32 seconds. Irene Nzilani Ngina won silver in 5:21.39, while Canadian Audrey Vincent took bronze in 5:28.45.

Seventeen-year-old Sammy Joseph Kamande won silver in the cycling M05 category after finishing the 2K Time Trial in four minutes, 46 seconds. Palestinian Mohammedalmahdi Alaa bagged the title in 4:29.00. German Dennis Mellentin timed 4:48.00 to get bronze.

Kenya’s Shalel Tennah was fifth in the 2K Time Trial women’s event. She will have another chance to fight for a medal in the 5K Time Trial later on Sunday. Kamande is also programmed to race in 5K Time Trial this evening.

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