Kenya Wins First Gold Medal Of 2016 Paralympics

A beautiful and emotional opening ceremony got the 2016 Paralympics games underway in Brazil on Wednesday, 7th September.

The 2016 Paralympics is set to run from the 7th to 18 September 2016.

The Kenya National Paralympic Committee has sent a delegation of 24 sportspeople with 19 athletes and 5 guides.

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Kenya registered the first gold medal at the games opening day by winning the men’s 5,000m T11 race for blind athletes.

Samwel Kimani registered a time of 15:16.11 in the men’s 5,000m T11, his personal best. Fellow compatriot Erick Sang came in third clinching the bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics.

This will be the second gold medal for the 26 year old. Kimani also set the world record for the the 1,500m race at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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The Kenyan Paralympic Committee chairperson Agnes Oluoch expressed her excitement of the early medals awarded to the Kenyan athletes.

”I am proud, they are proud and Kenya is proud. They have opened our medal haul and we expect more to come.”

Kenya was immediately propelled to the top of the medal standings, and is are well-placed to exceed her haul in London. Kenya won two gold medals finishing 40th in the final standings.

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The host nation Brazil has also been among the early gold medal winners. Swimmer Daniel Dias, one of the faces of the 2016 Paralympic games claimed his 11th gold medal well ahead of his nearest rival.

British cyclist Sarah Storey became her nation’s most decorated female Paralympian of all time after she clinched her 12th gold medal.

The 34 year old champion has competed in two different sports. She won five Paralympic swimming medals in Barcelona 1992 when she was only 14. She switched to cycling at Beijing 2008 where she won the individual pursuit on her debut.