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Nancy Chelangat Scoops Kenya’s First Tokyo Paralympics Medal


The race was a special one for Chelangat, living with a visual disability, as she ran stride by stride with her blood brother, Geoffrey Kiplangat, their bond winning the hearts of many fans.

Nancy Chelangat ended Kenya’s wait for its first Tokyo 2020 Paralympics medal by winning a bronze medal for the nation in the T11 category for the women’s 1500m race on Monday, August 30.

The race was a special one for Chelangat, living with a visual disability, as she ran stride by stride with her blood brother, Geoffrey Kiplangat, their bond winning the hearts of many fans.

Geoffrey opened up on plans to go professional when he competed up to the provincial level but he put those plans away to concentrate on helping out his blind sister.

Geoffrey Kiplangat running alongside his sister Nancy Chelangat. /TWITTER

During the race, he battled painful periods to emerge top, periods that stemmed from a stomach upset, though it did not stop him from helping Chelangat to victory.

“We started well but in the middle of the race, my sister was not moving so as we approached the finished line and we had even lost hope.

“I talked to her and urged her to keep going to at least win a medal and I am happy she delivered,” he said with regards to the performance.

She finished at a time of 4:45.58 taking bronze behind South African Coetzee Louzane who won silver while  Mexican Rodriguez Saavedra broke the world record at 4:37:0.

In the semi-final race, Chelangat settled for fourth ahead of today’s race which was marked as an outstanding improvement. The race saw her come at 4:51:0. 

She had much anticipation of bolstering her performance from the 2016 Rio race by taking home gold.

The race did prove to be tough for the racers due to the high humidity that has been a premium feature in both the Tokyo Paralympics and Tokyo Olympics.

“I was feeling tired in the last lap but my brother who is also my guide encouraged me to just try push and kick in the remaining 200m so that I at least can be in the medal bracket. I managed to give it my all and overtook the Polish and won bronze. I am grateful for the medal,” Chelangat narrated. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics. /FILE



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