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Stella Chesang destroys the Run Your City 10K Course record

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Stella Chesang destroyed the course record of the Absa Run Your City Cape Town 10km Road Race held on Sunday (15) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 25 year-old battled for honors with the race defending champion Jesca Chelangat from Kenya and the 2015 World 1500m champion, Genzebe Dibaba Keneni who was making her return from the maternity leave.

The world mountain running championships champion who is training in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the world championships, destroyed the old course record of 38:05 that had been set in 2019 by Brillian Kipkoech from Kenya.

The 2015 Africa Junior bronze medallist, cut off a whopping eight minutes of the previous record when she set a new course record and Ugandan National Record of 30:39.

Chelangat was forced to settle in second place in a time of 30:48 which is also inside the old record.

Genzebe who is the current world record holder for the 1500m, and the indoor events of the one mile, 3000m and 5000m came home in third place in a time of 31:02.

South Africa’s Obertina Kanyongo and Sarah Chelangat finished in fourth and fifth place and were given same time of 31:35.



  1. Stella Chesang    (UGA) 30:39
  2. Jesca Chelangat  (KEN) 30:48
  3. Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH) 31:02

Stella Chesang Lead Foreign Athletes Training In Iten for Commonwealth and World Champs

The 5000m Commonwealth Games champion, Stella Chesang is leading a number of foreign athletes training in Iten ahead of Commonwealth Games that will be held in Birmingham and world championships in Oregon.

The 25 year-old outshone Kenyans at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia to win gold extended her lead when she competed at the North Rift Athletics Kenya championships last Saturday at Tambach Teachers Training College beating the hosts to win the 5,000m title.

The world mountain running championships champion said she is training in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the world championships.

“Iten is a good place for training ahead of many championships across the world. I have been training here as part of my preparations to retain my Commonwealth Games title,” said Chesang.

During the Saturday championships, she clocked 16:08.03 for the 5,000m title beating hosts Maureen Chepkoech who came second in 16:07.08 with the world U20 3,000m silver medalist Zena Jemutai Yego coming home in third in 16:36.05.

The 2015 Africa Junior bronze medallist said that competing in Kenyan championships is the best way to train with champions who can provide the basis for the titles.

“I came here to run with great athletes in Kenya since the majority of them train together in Iten. This is my route map to Commonwealth games and world championships,” said the former Africa Championships 5,000m bronze medalist.

Chesang was not the only foreign but a few South Sudanese Nationals, Ugandans among other nations who are camping in Iten.

Sarah Chelangat breaks Uganda National Record

Ugandan 5000m National Record holder, Sarah Chelangat wrote another history to her as she set another National Record at the Women 10km Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 20 year-old who was used as a rabbit in today’s race but continued racing after her day job, managed to chase and erase the previous National Record of 31:14 that had been set by the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang.

Chelangat who has had shin and knee injuries that has kept her off the track for most of 2021, came back with a bang as she wrote another history to her name with a New Ugandan National Record in 10k of 0:31.11.

Chelangat finished in fourth place with Fantaye Belayneh Azale from Ethiopia who also set a new Ethiopian National Record and a personal best of 30:25 taking the title.

Stella Chesang,Senbere Teferi lead foreign Athletes At Agnes Tirop Cross Country

Commonwealth Games 10000m champion Stella Chesang will lead the foreign athletes at the star studded Agnes Jebet Memorial cross country championships which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held on Saturday (12) at Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Former world cross country silver medalist Senbere Teferi, Ugandan Esther Chebet, Suleiman Anley from Djibouti are among the 70 athletes that will be competing at this event.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) chairman Abraham Mutai revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the competition will be high considering that some of these athletes ran with the late Agnes Tirop.

“We are anticipating a big foreign athletes’ contingent and with such a high caliber of athletes, we need to be at the high level of preparations,” said Mutai.

Five times World Cross Country champion, Letesenbet Gidey has dominated world cross country championships starting from her junior cadre, winning gold to the senior level with a bronze.

“If they are going to host these athletes, we must put in place the best measures to meet the international standards in this first race,” added Mutai.

Teferi finished second, winning silver during the 2015 world cross country championships held in Guiyang, China when Jebet won the world cross country title.

“Majority of these athletes competed with the late Agnes and once they compete at her race to remember her, it will be an added advantage in their career. Remembering such a great runner makes the world feel the goodness of the Kenyan runners,” added Mutai.

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.

Agnes Tirop wins Tilburg 10 Miles Race

World  women 10,00m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop kept alive her winning streak when she took the top honors at the 26th edition of the Tilburg 10 miles race that was held on Sunday (2) in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Tirop who surprised many when she broke the TCS World 10K course record in 31:19 continued with her brilliance performance as she led her fellow runners passing the 5km mark in 15:29. She was followed closely by Ethiopian Tsehay Gemechu and Stella Chesang from Uganda.

Tirop held on to cut the tape in 30:50 short of 20 seconds of the course record of 30:30 that was set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2013.

Gemechu took second place in 31:07 with Chesang closing the first three podium finishes in 31:44.

Eva Cherono and Alice Aprot both from Kenya took fourth and fifth place in 32:05 and 32:42 respectively.


  1. Agnes Tirop         (KEN) 30:50
  2. Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 31:07
  3. Stella Chesang     (UG) 31:44
  4. Eva Cherono         (KEN) 32:05
  5. Alice Aprot            (KEN) 32:42

Sonia O’Sullivan: We need a new category in women’s athletics

I know some people find it hard to get excited about the Commonwealth Games, although try telling that to the Australians. Over six days in the swimming pool they produced a proper gold rush – 28 gold medals in all, and 73 of the total 150 medals won in the pool. Few other countries could even make a splash.

You start to wonder how it all could be so easy, then you realise there are so many events in swimming, the same swimmers often returning over and over again. At one stage I saw an Australian swimmer on the podium being presented with her medal, and a few minutes later she was lining up for the next event.

If it wasn’t for the fast times, even world records, you would wonder about the level of competition at the Commonwealth Games. Even with 71 nations or territories represented, if felt like a home championships for the Australians. The crowds and venues on the beautiful Gold Coast playing a part too.

That all changed when the track and field events began. Compared to the World championships and the Olympics, where over 200 countries are represented, the Commonwealth Games are just a small pocket of countries competing for glory. But does it really matter as long as the race is competitive and engages the audience?

Plenty of drama

The women’s 10,000 metres provided plenty of drama: no breakaways, the lead constantly changing, and eight athletes still fighting out for the medals over the final circuit.

That gold medal in the end went to the Ugandan athlete Stella Chesang, in 31:45.30. There really are no soft gold medals on the track and that is evident here across a number of events. The women’s 1,500m final was one of the most eagerly awaited races, usually one of the more unpredictable too. Only this time it had very little unpredictability over the winner, and it was up to the rest of the field to try to change the script.