Kenya: Tokyo Paralympics – Sang confident of winning a medal after winning the appeal

Tokyo – Kenya received a postponement for winning a second medal in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after Eric Sang’s appointment in the men’s 1500m T11 was accepted and will be in the final at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

Sang finished fifth in Heat 2 after his guide David Korir was tripped from behind by the Brazilian Agripino dos Santos, causing the Kenyan athlete to collide with those behind him before his guide managed to get up and get him to catch up to finish the race race.

Kenya appealed citing International Paralympic Committee rule 18.2b, which penalizes athletes who obstruct others and they successfully won and returned to the finals while the Brazilian was disqualified.

“We appealed and Sang got into the finals because he was pushed. These Paralympics are very competitive and as only Kenya won only one medal, we had to push for Sang to be reinstated because he is a candidate for a medal,” said Kenya National Paralympic said the secretary general of the committee (KNPC), Elijah Aliero, in Tokyo.

Sang said that he is determined and optimistic to win a medal for Kenya because he has the stamina and speed.

“I am in top form and believe in myself, I will do my best to win because I have the stamina as I am a 5000m runner. Today’s race was an eye opener and we will plan well with my guide and come tomorrow we will run very carefully, “said Sang, who comes from Kericho County.

His guide Korir said: “We were well prepared and ready for the race and I am grateful for the second chance after winning the appeal. Tomorrow we will do our best and promise the Kenyans a medal.”

Sang said that he is determined and optimistic to win a medal for Kenya because he has the stamina and speed.

“I am in top form and believe in myself, I will do my best to win because I have the stamina as I am a 5000m runner. Today’s race was an eye opener and we will plan well with my guide and come tomorrow we will run very carefully, “said Sang, who comes from Kericho County.

His guide Korir said: “We were well prepared and ready for the race and I am grateful for the second chance after winning the appeal. Tomorrow we will do our best and promise the Kenyans a medal.”

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