Disability is not incompetence, the story of Paralympian Wilson B. is one of his achievements despite his blindness.
A resident of Kapsaus village in Kerichu County, the partially sighted athlete with more than ten medals has an exemplary record at the World Paralympic Games and is not about to give up his physical prowess.
Biy, 34, is a visually impaired athlete who competes in the T11-1500 m and T11-5000 m categories and is qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with outstanding qualifying results at the Tunis Paralympic World Grand Prix last March. He then went on to win gold in the men’s T11-5000 m and silver in the T11-1500 m.
In April of the same year, Biy competed in the same categories at the Moroccan Paralympic Qualifiers and won gold in the T11-5000 m and silver in the T11-1500 m, where he ran alongside the athletes.
In 2019, the visually impaired athlete competed in the same categories in the World Qualifying Competition of the Moroccan Paralympics, winning a gold medal in the T11-5000 m distance and a bronze medal in the T11-1500 m distance.
BI added that they failed to win a single medal in the two categories during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in August as the scorching heat severely affected their performance.
He distinguished himself at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, winning a bronze medal in the 11-5000 m and failing to win a medal in the 1500 m due to the guide he was running with at the time. He was injured. .
One father was born normal, but his life took a turn for the worse in April 2001 when the car he was riding collided in Akonge area of Nyamira County.
After being seriously injured, he was in a coma for three days, his left eye protruded from his orientation, his right arm was broken, and he suffered a chest injury that caused him to spend a month in a hospital in Kericho.
BI left the hospital without an eye, and it took him a long time to accept this condition.
At that time he was only 13 years old. “It never occurred to me that at some point in my life I would one day lose my sight. I could not understand how I could live without eyes, and at some point I committed suicide. A big moment for me was when I left the hospital without my eyes open. Feeling like we’ve “run out of gas” emotionally, and there’s no one in our family,” he says.
He credits his outstanding performance in his athletics career to Mr. Tanki Boxer, a former teacher at Ole Sankala Primary Boarding School in Narok County, who was informed of his condition and visited his home in Kapsaus Village, Kerichu County. What
“I met Mr. Boxer, who was a teacher at Ole Sankala Primary Boarding School in 2001. It is a special school, but I did not see myself studying. My love was athletics, and he saw my potential in sports. did not accept my offer, and when he came to our house to visit me, he urged me to go back to school and showed me that there were other students in the school who were blind and used Braille. “I didn’t accept his offer, but later, when he asked if I could run well, he agreed, to which I said yes,” says Biy.
He said that in January 2002, a boxer told him about some school sports competitions that were to be held in Kosomo, in which he participated and performed well.
“I did very well in the 100 m, 400 m and 800 m, as well as the long jump and shot put. I was proud of my performances in school sports but still encouraged me to continue my studies. No. I realized that my future was bright in sports, and I decided to take up athletics. Mr. Boxer asked me to continue my studies, but the conditions at home were unfavorable. I was under the care of my grandmother, who at that time could not afford to raise a school. Mr. Boxer informed me that I would receive a scholarship from the municipal district and concluded that I would continue my education, but I still do not agree with this, “Biy repeated.
In 2003, Mr. Boxer returned to his hometown with BI and convinced him to take part in the Nakuru race and later enrolled to learn Braille at the Capchemcham Hostel in Karachi, but he did not attend its schools. Dropped out of school and went home because he wasn’t going to go back to school.
Boxer convinced him to resume his education and BI spoke for him, but he was worried that he would not be able to raise the tuition fees and was then told that a sponsor would pay for his education. Was looking forward to it and he accepted it.
In March 2004, he entered school again, the fourth grade.
“The reason I agreed to go back to school was not because I was interested in education, but I got a 256 on my first exam and realized I could learn braille. I scored 331 on my second exam and by the time I got to 6th grade I was afraid of paying for school, not getting a high school education I knew I wouldn’t have to pay for tuition, so I looked for talent in athletics And being in school would help I need to hone my skills in the race to secure my future,” says Biy.
“My classmates teased me that if I couldn’t continue my education I would never make it, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my dream of one day representing Kenya at the Olympics. “And there was no need to retreat. When I heard about Henry Wenwick, a well-known paralympian at the time, and realized that I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” says Biy.
After completing eighth grade in 2008, Biy moved to Karachi where he began training to perfect his athletic skills.
In July 2009, she competed at the Paralympic National Trials held at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasaran, Nairobi, where the qualifiers were to compete in the All-Africa Games, where she competed in the T11-5000M race and qualified. Came Third.
The competition in Ethiopia was canceled, dispelling all hopes of entering the international arena at the Paralympic Games.
Lady Luck smiled again and this time B competed for the first time at the London 2012 Paralympics, but unfortunately her luck was less as she sat out the T11-5000 m with an ankle injury. I couldn’t figure out what he was feeding on. .
BI has a guide, Robert Tarsus, who has been training with him for the past eight years. Blind sprinters run with a guide that is attached to them with a strap on their wrist or arm.
“My guide Taras plays an important role in my race, he gives the runner everything he has, he tells me where he is and what I have to do to win. I thank her for being with me for so many years,” says Biy.
This year, Biy, who trains twice a day from 5.40am to 7am and 4.30pm to 5.30pm, is currently training for the 2022 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai next month.
“I am focusing on performing well and preparing for future success in international races. I cannot predict what will happen, but I will trust in Allah. My training is also going well, and I am competing. Be mentally and physically ready for this,” says Biy.