Prior to yesterday’s third Africa Cross-country Championships, Team Uganda coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe had medal hopes in the senior men’s athletes.
But the tactician left Kololo Airstrip in a dampen mood as none of his athletes made the podium.
“We did everything right in camp but things didn’t work out,” a clearly disappointed Ahimbisibwe said. Team Uganda managed no individual medal but secured silver in the senior men’s 12km, bronze in both the junior (6km) and senior (8km) women’s races.
Moses Kibet was the best Ugandan performer with a sixth-place finish in the senior men’s 12km race. “Right from training, I expected a lot from Kibet but I think he and the entire team should have done better.”
Ahimbisibwe, who camped in Bukwo with the team since Feruary 24, said.
There were several local spectators who got beset every time Kenya’s ‘Oh God Bless’ anthem was played during all the event medal ceremonies.
And of the available 12 individual medals, Kenya took all four gold, three silver and three bronze as well as all team gold in the four categories.
But while the disgruntled hosts and other participating countries were left in disbelief by Kenya’s class, one man knew his plan had worked out right.
Kenyan coach David Letting was not surprised by his athletes’ dominance. “Not at all, I am not surprised,” the veteran long distance tactician said. “What you saw is what we had planned for. Everything worked out right like the way we prepared the team in N’gong (Nairobi).”
Team South Africa were one of the most notable absentees at the event.