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Stella Chesang lifts the Uganda Cross Country championships title

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang took the top honors at the Uganda National Cross Country championships held on Saturday (10) in Tororo, Uganda.

The 26 year-old who is also a police constable destroyed a rich field that included the 2021 World U20 5000m bronze medallist, Prisca Chesang, World Mountain specialist, Annet Chelangat, the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Mercyline Chelangat and Ugandan National Record holder in 5000m race, Sarah Chelangat.

Chesang who will lead the Ugandan team to the World Cross Country championships in Australia, made her back to racing in style as took the title in a time of 33:57 with Prisca coming in second place in 34:06 with Chelangat closing the podium three finishes in 34:13.

Doreen Chesang and Mercyline Chelangat came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 34:26 and 34.36 respectively.


  1. Stella Chesang    33:57
  2. Prisca Chesang   34:06
  3. Annet Chelangat 34:13
  4. Doreen Chesang  34:26
  5. Mercyline Chelangat 34:36
  6. Rispa Cherop         34:45
  7. Janet Chemusto    34:57
  8. Sarah Chelangat   35:06

Kiplagat, Kiplimo rewarded after Commonwealth Games performances

Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) decided Victor Kiplangat’s Commonwealth Games marathon gold was too good to be ignored when they voted for the sports personalities of the months of January to August during their assembly on Monday at Imperial Royale Hotel.

Kiplangat ran to gold in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 55 microseconds but could have had the 10,000m World Champion Joshua Cheptegei for competition as best athlete for the month of July in the Uspa room had the house not decided to go for the 22 year old unanimously.

“We are not justifying ourselves but we just want to explain that Kiplangat’s gold, Uganda’s first marathon gold at the CWG, was something worth rewarding,” Uspa president Patrick Kanyomozi said.

Kanyomozi, who is also coming to the end of his second and final two-year term in office was put to task to release the electoral roadmap as soon as possible and also work faster with sponsors Nile Special on activating the Uspa Awards Gala, one where the previous year’s best athletes per sports discipline are rewarded.

The athletics dominance in our sports sector continued as Jacob Kiplimo’s 5,000m and 10,000m CWG double gold edged Husnah Kukundakwe’s six para-swimming medals at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey for the August accolade.

Earlier Halimah Nakaayi had beaten fellow runner Mercyline Chelangat to the February award for her 800m indoor exploits in the France.

Kukundakwe did not bow out empty handed as her medals in the youth category of the World Para-Swimming Series in Italy earned her the March accolade.

Sandra Chebet beats Brillian Kipkoech to win the Barcelona Half Marathon

Kenya’s Sandrafelis Tuei took the top honors at the 31st edition of the Barcelona Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Barcelona, Spain.

Tuei had to battle with her fellow country-mate Brillian Kipkoech, two Ethiopians Asnakech Akowe and Alemaz Samuel.

The four have made perfect relays and, with 2km to go, Tuei pulled away from the group with a powerful kick cutting the tape in a time of 1:07. 17.

Tuei led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as she was followed closely by Kipkoech who crossed the line nineteen seconds later. Ethiopian Awoke closed the first three podium finishes in 1:07.42.

Mercyline Chelangat from Kenya and Alemaz Samuel from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:08.48 and 1:08.53 respectively.



  1. Sandrafelis Tuei         (KEN) 1:07.17
  2. Brillian Kipkoech.      (KEN) 1:07.26
  3. Asnake Awoke            (ETH)  1:07.42
  4. Mercyline Chelangat  (KEN) 1:08.22
  5. Alemaz Samuel           (ETH) 1:08.48
  6. Vane Nyaboke             (KEN) 1:08.53

Joshua Cheptegei receives Shs80m for Olympic heroics from NCS

The National Council of Sports (NCS) met its pledge of rewarding all athletes who excelled at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday.

For their gold medals in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase, Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai got Shs50m each, respectively.

Uganda Olympic gold and silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei (center) receives sh80m dummy cheques from the Minister of State for Sport Denis Obua (left) and the Chef De Mission Beatrice Ayikoru (right) for his perfomance at the Tokyo Olympics, at NCS, October 12, 2021. Photos by Michael Nsubuga

Cheptegei picked another Shs30m for the 10000m silver while Jacob Kiplimo received Shs20m for bronze in the same race.

Paralympian David Emong’s bronze in the 1500m T46 race got him Shs20m.

Uganda had a team of 25 at the Olympics and another four for the Paralympics. Each of these received another Shs1m in addition to their allowances which were paid in July.

“We made history but now hope that we break that history because we are now a powerhouse in sports,” sports minister Hamson Obua said.

“Sport is no longer a liability to the country. It is now a big asset. Life is journey. You won’t be an athlete forever.

“This is your time, your moment and you are lucky that we can also reward you. Some were not as lucky.

“From the little proceeds you are getting, save wisely. Save for the future,” Obua advised.

NCS General Secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel was pleased to meet this commitment.

“We prioritized rewarding athletes as one of the ways of promoting sports,” NCS General Secretary Dr Benard Patrick Ogwel told a media briefing at the Lugogo Sports Complex.

Upon their return from Japan, President Museveni hosted the team to a state luncheon where he gave Chemutai, Cheptegei and Kiplimo cars. He also promised to build their parents houses.

Reward and recognition scheme

In 2018, the agency paid out Shs100m for medals won at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia but there’s no reward and recognition policy in place yet.

For his 5,000 and 10,000m double, Cheptegei pocketed Shs50m.  Stella Chesang received Shs20m for winning the 10,000m women’s race.

Solomon Mutai, who won silver in the marathon, earned Shs15m while Mercyline Chelangat and Juma Miiro got Shs7.5m each for bronze in the 10,000m and boxing respectively.

NCS also gave Emong Shs30m for his Gold at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London plus Shs20m for Silver at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not pay prize money to medalists, many countries offer monetary rewards to their athletes for the number of medals they win at the Olympics.

Shs2.7b for Gold

At the Tokyo 2020 Games, Singapore is paying the most for medals. Any Gold is worth $737,000 (Shs2.7b), $369,000 (Shs1.3b) for Silver and bronze comes with $184,000 (Shs680m) in prize money.

The prize money is taxable and awardees are required to return a portion of it to their national sports associations for future training and development.

Singapore’s prize money is 20 times more than USA.

More than 600 US athletes competed at Tokyo 2020.

The US Olympic and Paralympic committee rewards athletes $37,500 (Shs138m) for every gold medal won, $22,500 (Shs83m) for silver and $15,000 (Shs55m) for bronze.

Most of the prize money is not taxable unless athletes report gross income that exceeds $1 million (Shs3.7b).

US athletes also receive other forms of support including health insurance, access to top-tier medical facilities and college tuition assistance for student athletes.

The sporting economy in the US allows athletes to better monetise their talents as most of it is driven by the private sector.

In countries such as Singapore, India and Uganda, many of the national sporting initiatives are driven by governments that sometimes use higher monetary rewards to encourage a growing sporting culture.