The group comprising Joshua Cheptegei, Albert Chemutai, Peruth Chemutai, Halimah Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo and Ronald Musagala have been frequent figures on track at the lucrative IAAF Diamond League (DL) Meet circuit.
Trio of Cheptegei, Nakaayi and Nanyondo have each run four races on the DL circuit this season, a rare landmark for Ugandan elite runners, at least going by the recent years.
Such consistency in major events has seen Nanyondo set four national records over the 1500m (twice) and the one-mile run (indoor and outdoor) over the last six months.
Nanyondo’s last race was at the Monaco DL Meet in France eight days ago where she rewrote the NR to 4:18.65 as Dutch girl Sifan Hassan set a new world record over the mile.
“I feel very good because of my performance this year,” she told this paper early this week.
To boost her chances of a medal at the Worlds set for Doha, Qatar from September 28 - October 6, Nanyondo wants to raise the bar when she lines-up for the 1500m race at London DL Meet in England this afternoon.
“To run 3:58,” Nanyondo, an 800m bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said her target after confirming entry on Thursday.
If she attains that goal, the 25-year-old will have broken the 1500m NR for the third time in the season.
And it is likely to happen especially if Nanyondo is pushed to the limits by the solid the 19-man field at the London Stadium.
Whereas her manager Jurrie van der Velden and coach Addy Ruiter are optimistic, they know the field in London won’t be a cakewalk matter.
“Top five (for Nanyondo),” remarked Ruiter. “(A) very strong field,” he said. Nanyondo’s NR of 3:59.56 posted in sixth place at Rabat DL in Morocco on June 16 is the eighth fastest time over the 1500m this year.
Bar world leader Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba and Hassan, Nanyondo will face the other five who have run faster than her; Briton Laura Muir, Ethiopians Gudaf Tsegay and Axumawit Embaye, Moroccan Rabade Arafi and Kenyan Faith Kipyegon.
LONDON DIAMOND LEAGUE
UGANDAN IN ACTION
Women’s 1500m: Winnie Nanyondo
LIVE ON SS8, 4PM
AT A GLANCE
Date of birth: August 23, 1993
Major races: 800m, 1500m
Personal Best: 1:58.63 (800m), 3:59.56 (1500m)
Major Honour: 2014 Commonwealth bronze (800m)
Kit Sponsor: Adidas
Manager: Jurrie van der Velden
UGANDANS in the mix
MAY 18 - SHANGHAI DL
7th Joshua Cheptegei, 13:06.68
15th Stephen Kissa, 13:19.85
3rd Winnie Nanyondo, 4:01.39
12th Esther Chebet, 4:07.75
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
3rd Peruth Chemutai, 9:17.78
MAY 30 - STOCKHOLM DL
10th Timothy Toroitich, 28:06.87
JUNE 6 - ROME DL
16th Oscar Chelimo, 13:20.10
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
7th Albert Chemutai, 8:16.66
JUNE 13 - OSLO DL
2nd Joshua Cheptegei, 7:33.26
1st Halimah Nakaayi, 2:01.93