Elikana Kiprop Rono eventually made it to the podium at the 24th Summer Deaflympics Games in Brazil after winning the 800m race on the last day of the athletics track and field competition.
It was sweet victory for the Deaflympics first-timer who finished 4th in the 1500m won by fellow countryman Ian Kahinga on Monday May 9, 2022.
On Saturday, Rono braved the evening rain and set a blistering pace leading the two lap race from the lights to tape to clinch gold in one minute 54.75 seconds at the Sesi Centro Esportivo in Caxias Do Sul.
Elikana Rono celebrating after race win/Pic courtesy
The win also saw the 23-year-old, improve his personal best time by 1.45 seconds. Compatriot Brian Kosgei came in 4th behind Jaime Martinez of Spain who claimed the silver while Michal Kulpa of Poland settled for bronze.
The medal is the first for the fast-rising middle-distance runner who made his international debut last year at the 4th World Deaf Athletics Championships in Lublin Poland where he finished 4th in the 800m and 9th in the 1500m.