Mushai eyes second gold after reaching 1,500m final

World T.11 1,500m record holder Samuel Mushai will be out to claim gold in the finals of his specialty at the World Para Athletics Championships in London on Friday.
Mushai, a 2016 Rio Paralympics double gold medalists in T.11 1,500m and 5,000m, finished second in his heat yesterday to qualify for the final. Under the guidance James Boit, Mushai timed 4:14.63 to finish second behind Poland’s Aleksander Kossakowski (4:14.07).
He maintained his presence in the leading pack from the start and took the pole position at the 800m mark but his lead was short-lived. The race became hot when Kossakowski took the lead with 300m to go and held on to win the race.
The record holder will be seeking to break his own world record of 3:58.37, which he set during the 2012 Paralympics held in London. At the same time, Mushai is after a second gold. He won the T.11 5,000m gold medal on Saturday night in 15:41.54, beating Chinese Cristian Valenzuela (15:49.63) and Japan’s Shinya Wada (15:54.29) to the second and third places.
“Even though my all-time toughest opponent (Brazilian Odiar Santos) is not in the lineup, the competition here is very high. But I believe I will brave all odds to win, and maybe break the record again,” said Mushai, a Kitale-based maize farmer.
In the final, Mushai faces opposition from Kossakowski, winner of the first heat Canadian Jason Dunkerley (4:15.13), Turkish Hasan Kacar (4:15.70), Valenzuela (4:16.20) and Spaniard Manuel Garnica (4:16.41). Meanwhile, T.11 medal prospects Wilson Bii and Erick Sang, together alongside Rio Paralympics T.11 1,500m women’s silver medalists Nancy Chelangat did not compete in their race under mysterious circumstances. Kenya lies 26 with only one medal (gold) won by Mushai.

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