Atheletics

Training intensifies ahead of World Cross Country meet

Uganda Athletics Federation has intensified preparations for athletes that will represent the country at the World Cross Country Championships to be held in Aarhus, Denmark on March 30.

Uganda hosted the championships two years ago and will take part this year with a huge chance of putting up a historic performance especially with the potential of individual athletes in the long distance races.

And preparations for the championships are already underway with a squad of 33 athletes, setting up camp in Kapchorwa under the watchful eyes of coaches Gordon Ahimbisibwe, Benjamin Njia, Francis Demayi with Mary Watuwa as the chaperon joining them in training.

With Uganda registering for all the categories for the second year running, this is arguably the strongest squad assembled by the country for the event with world Champion Jacob Kiplimo and double CommonWealth Gold medalist Joshua Cheptegei leading the group.

Kiplimo won Uganda its first ever gold medal in 2017 and is unbeaten in six races since he turned senior, a streak that dates back to November and also includes the National Cross-country title he won last month and the World record for the 10 km race.

The team will undergo a month full of training in the high altitude district for the event that finalises the World Cross Country series. Uganda will field teams in the junior women (6km), junior men (8km), senior women (10km), senior men (10km) and men and women’s mixed relays (8km).

Uganda has won just one gold and two bronze medals in the U-20 women and senior categories and emerged fourth overall in the junior men and senior women when the event was last hosted in Kampala.

The team

Junior Women: Chelangat Sarah, Chesang Annet, Chekwemoi Esther Yeko, Chelangat Rebecca, Chelangat Leah

Junior Men- Kiplangat Hosea, Chebet Dan, M. Chekwurui, S. Kibet Samuel, O. Chelimo, D. Cherotich

Senior Women: Chesang Stella, R. Chebet Rachael, E. Chebet, D. Chesang, J. Chekwel.

Senior Men: J. Kiplimo, J. Cheptegei, A. Chemutai, T. Ayeko, J. Ayeko, M. Rotich,

Mixed Relays: Women- D. Ajok Dorcus, S. Chelangat, A. Amuron Agnes, S. Wonruku

Men: R . Musagala Ronald, D. Kiprop, R. Etiau, A. Mayanja, A. Cherop.

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