11 May 2012

Kenya: Deaf Girl Stars in Nyanza Sprints

Beryl Atieno from the Father of Auderaa Secondary School for Hearing Impairment sparked scenes of wild celebration when she won the 100 and 200m races in the ongoing Nyanza Province Secondary Schools Term Two "A" Games at Gusii Stadium. Atieno 17, clocked 12:20 in the 100m and 26.23 in the 200.

Coached by Jared Onyango, she showed her opponents dust while running on instruction the coach. "I use sign language so that she can tell when the race starts. If I delay she will never catch up with the others," Onyango said. Second place in the 100 went to Diana Aoko in 13:07 followed five seconds later by Jelly Okumu (13:12).

In the 200 Atieno was trailed by Jerry Okumu in a personal best 26:60 followed in third place by Akoth Peninah. In the boys 100m Duke Ogoti of Kiendege in Nyamira clocked 10:92 followed by Boaz Araka of Gucha in 11:25 to qualify to the nationals .

Ogoti also outshined his competitors in the 200 clocking 22:24 followed by Araka in 22:65. In the 10, 000m, Josephat Laduma of Gucha defeated 26 opponents to obtain a ticket to the nationals with a time of 30:45.37. Second was James Ogake also of Gucha in 30:59.27. He also qualified.

In the girls 5,000m Nyamira took the first two qualifying positions with Winfridah Moseti of St Mary's Ekerubo (17:26.39) trailed by Teresia Omosa (17:30.45). Tabitha Otundo of Masaba region defeated her opponents to win the 800m girls in a time of 2:18 seconds followed by Doris Monda of Nyamira (2:21.56) to qualify.

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