Kenya’s Lucas Wandia defended his Deaflympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title at the ongoing 24th edition of the Summer Deaflympics Games in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil.
Wandia led 1 and 3 Kenyan podium finish as he cruised to victory in a time of 9:19.27 with Peter Omari taking home bronze in 9:30.13.
“During the national trials in Nairobi, I also competed in the 5000m but I did not qualify. At the next Deaflympics, I hope I will be competing in the 5000m too,” said Wandia.
German’s Alexander Bley finished in second place in a time of 9:25.86.
“I got injured, so I was in a lot of pain. I could also not see well because the floodlights were disturbing my eyes. In Turkey (2013 Deaflympics), I never won a medal, same to Poland (2021 World Deaf Athletics Championships), so I am very happy to get bronze in Brazil. Next time I know I will do better.” said Omari.