Kenya’s Samwel Kimani Wins the First Athletics Gold at the Rio Paralympics in the 5000m (T11)

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The 15th edition of the Paralympic games at the Olympics Stadium in Rio, Brazil got off to a good start for Kenya when 26-year-old middle distance runner Samuel Kimani Muchai secured victory in the men’s 5000m (T11) finals, in a personal best time of 15:11:07. This is the first athletics gold at the Rio Paralympics. Blind athletes compete in T11 events accompanied by a guide.

“I was wanting to win the gold since I started my preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Games. It will not fire only Kenya, it will inspire the whole world.” he said after his win

Odair Santos of Brazil won silver with a time of 15:17.55 , while Kenya’s Wilson Bil won bronze in 15:22.96.

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