Kenya athletics deaf Coach Samuel Kibet has expressed confidence his team will achieve their set target of exceeding their previous medal haul at the ongoing 24th Summer Deaflympics.
On Wednesday, Sharon Bitok secured Kenya another silver medal, when she put up a spirited fight to finish second in women’s 1500m at the Sesi Centro Esportivo Athletics Track.
Bitok, 24 years, started the race well but later slipped against Ukranian Anastacia Sydorenko who finished with a timing of 49.31 seconds, four minutes ahead of Bitok, who last year finished fourth in the same course at the Worth Deaf Championships in Poland.
Japanese Mio Okada bagged bronze in 4:51.78, while Kenya’s Rebecca Matiko finished fifth in 5:08.08.
Kenya currently ranks 11th in the medal table with a total of 10 medals; two gold, four silver and four bronze.
Kenya is top in Africa, while Ukraine leads globally with a whopping 103 medals; 47 gold, 29 silver and 27 bronze.