Uganda won her first medals at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA on Sunday night.
The medals came in the Men’s 10000m finals at the Heyward Field with defending champion Joshua Cheptegei winning Gold while Jacob Kiplimo settled for Bronze.
Cheptegei and Kiplimo were the second and third Ugandans to race in the finals of an event at this year’s championships after Stella Chesang and Mercyline Chellangat finished 14th and 15th, respectively in the Women 10000m final on Saturday.
The Championships started on Friday with Winnie Nanyondo the only Ugandan in Action.
Nanyondo finished seventh in heat three of the Women’s 1500m before progressing to the finals of a review which ruled that she had been shoved twice by Italian sprinter Gaia Sabbatini in the semi-finals.
Peruth Chemutai qualified for the Women 3000m Steeplechase final after finishing 5th in a time of 9:16:66 in heat two of the semis on Saturday.
Ronald Musagala finished 13th in Heat 3 of the Men’s 1500m on Saturday and failed to progress to the semi-finals of the event.
In the Men’s Marathon, Jacob Kiprop finished 33, one spot ahead of Felix Malewa while Fred Musobo could only manage 40th in what was a disappointing display for team Uganda.
Immaculate Chemutai will be the only Ugandan in action on Monday as she hopes to upset the odds and secure a medal in the Women’s Marathon.
Chemutai comes up against the Kenyan trio of Ruth Chepngetich, Judith Korir and Angela Tanui plus Ethiopia’s duo of Ashete Bekere and Gotytom Gebreslase who have all run under two hours and 20 minutes, this year.
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