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Doreen Chesang switches to full marathon

Commonwealth Half Marathon bronze medallist, Doreen Chesang says she will be ready for a full marathon debut in November.

Chesang, who started as a middle distance runner, participating in the 1500 metres, soon graduated to 3000 metres before quickly switching to 5000 metres since 2008.

Finishing in third place at the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on Sunday, behind country mate, Juliet Chekwel, who won gold in a time of 1:09:45, Chesang’s 1:11:10 was a personal best.

Uganda won the team gold for both ladies and men while Fred Musobo and Timothy Toroitch were second and third respectively behind Australian Jack Rayner, who won the men’s race to cap what Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otucet said was the best race in half marathon history for the country.

As the triumphant team was welcomed yesterday at a luncheon by the National Council of Sports (NCS) in Lugogo, Chesang told Daily Monitor that she believes venturing into full marathon is an achievable target.

“Track needs a lot of speed and I have attained this. What I need to work on now is endurance,” she says.
Athletics coach, Nalis Bigingo supported her ambitions.

“Although it’s (full marathon) twice as long as a half marathon, the strategy is not too different—you’ll want to give yourself enough time to prepare and choose an appropriate training plan. She has all it takes,” Bigingo says. The mother of two says that marathon training takes more time but she is sure her husband will allow her to achieve her dreams.

Chesang will also switch from Arua to Prisons Athletics club starting next season. She hopes that a monthly salary will enable her train effectively.
She wants to finish strong at the upcoming MTN Kampala Marathon on November 18 which will be her first time running the full marathon, a distance of 42.195 kilometres.

Chesang is also expected to join the monthly presidential rewards system to excelling athletes. Her name will be submitted for consideration in the next quarter alongside; Sarah Chelangat, Esther Chekwemoi, Betty Chebet, Dan Chebet and Matthew Chepkuru.

Athletics contributes most beneficiaries to the rewards scheme with football in second place. Netball is expected to be considered in the next quarter.

Chebet writes history as she wins the 5000m women race at World U20 Championships

Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet gave Kenya her first gold medal when she won the 5000m women race at the ongoing World U20 Championships that is happening in Tampere Stadium in Finland.

Chebet became the first Kenyan woman to win this race as she cut the tape with a personal best of 15:30.77.

The Lodiani based athlete was appearing for Kenya for the third time after she finished fourth in the 3,000m at the World Under-18 Championships and ninth during the Africa Cross Country Championships in March this year.

“I am happy to win the gold medal for my country,” said Chebet. “It was tough racing the two Ethiopians as they are strong but I had a good fight with them.”

The Kenyan was closely followed by Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye who crossed the line in a personal best of 15:30.87. Girmawit Gebrzhihair also from Ethiopia closed the podium finish in also a PB of 15:34.01.

Uganda’s Sarah Chelangat and Hellen Ekarare Lobun form Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 15:43.01 and 15:45.07 respectively.

Kiplimo favourite for 10000m at World Under-20 Championships

Two years ago, Jacob Kiplimo was relatively unknown when he won 10000m bronze – Uganda’s only medal – at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Thereafter, he became the youngest runner to feature at the Rio Olympic Games, three months before his 16th birthday.
On March 26, 2017 in Kololo, his profile grew bigger when he raced to Uganda’s first World cross-country gold after scooping the junior men’s 8km title in front of President Museveni.

Uganda will now start its quest for medals at the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland today with Kiplimo as the main hope.
The 17-year-old is favourite to convert 2016 bronze to gold when he lines-up for the men’s 10000m final at the Tampere Stadium track this evening.
Since Kololo, Kiplimo’s personal best of 27:26.68 (time in Poland) hasn’t bettered but he has grown further in stature as evidenced by winning the IAAF Cinque Mulini Cross Country in Italy in February before taking fourth in 10000m final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Following preparations by his Italian managers Guisseppe Gambrone and Federico Rosa at the Tuscany Camp, Kiplimo now bids to follow the footsteps of Joshua Cheptegei and Boniface Kiprop who scooped 10000m junior in Oregon (2014) and Grosseto (2004). Kiplimo will be in company of Victor Kiplangat, a 5000m finalist in Bydgoszcz two years back but the Ugandan pair face competition from African junior cross-country champion Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto.
Eritrea is banking on Abraha Kokob and Robel Sibhatu, who have made personal bests (PB) of 28:23.11 and 28:48.72 this season whereas Ethiopia counts on Berihu Aregawi and Olika Adugna.

TEAM UGANDA IN TAMPERE: Stella Wonruku, Sarah Chelangat, Peruth Chemutai, Belinda Chemutai, Hosea Kiplangat, Daniel Kiprop, Oscar Chelimo, Jacob Kiplimo, Victor Kiplangat, Albert Chemutai, Denis Cherotich

OFFICIALS: Zubairi Galiwango, Paul Okello, Peter Chelangat