Chebet’s silver saves Uganda’s blushes

Redeemer. Chebet en route to her 10000m silver medal on June 11, 2022. PHOTO/AYODEJI OYEGINGBO

Racheal Zena Chebet ensured that Team Uganda will return from the Africa Senior Athletics Championships with a silverware by winning 10000m silver on Saturday.
Chebet put up a spirited fight and endured the cold conditions at the Cote d’Or National Complex in Saint Pierre to finish second in a time of 32 minutes and 17.66 seconds after 25 laps.

“I’m very happy,” Chebet said via phone after landing her first senior medal.
The race was won by Kenyan Caroline Nyaga in a time of 32:12.61 with Ethiopian Meseret Gebre completing the podium in 32:25.97.

Three years ago, Chebet missed the podium by 23 seconds in fourth in the 10km race at the World Cross-country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. So on Saturday, she was more determined.
“Since yesterday (Friday), I was so disturbed,” she said, “I saw other countries had medals and I was so worried about Uganda. I didn’t even sleep well.
“I wanted gold but I got that silver. It was windy and had been since morning. First laps, we were going slowly then the pace went up, I tried to push,” the Kenya-based runner added.

After the 2020 World Half-Marathon Championships, Chebet had switched to the 21km distance and even came third at Gent, Belgium.
She missed hitting the qualifying mark of 31:25.00 to the Oregon Worlds.
“If I’m given a chance to go to the Commonwealth Games, I will switch my mind back to track,” Chebet noted.
Chebet’s silver saves Uganda’s blushes
Select RESULTS - WOMEN 10000M

1.Caroline Nyaga     KEN    32:12.61
2.Rachael Chebet     UGA    32:17.66
3.Meseret Gebre     ETH    32:25.97
5.Sarah Chelangat     UGA    32:35.16
WOMEN’S 400M FINAL
1.Miranda Coetzee     RSA    51.82
2.Niddy Mingilishi     ZAM    52.36
3.Veronica Mutua     KEN    52.76
4.Shida Leni    UGA    52.91
WOMEN’S 5000M FINAL
1.Beatrice Chebet     KEN    15:00.82
2.Azale Fentaye     ETH    15:01.89
3.Caroline Nyanga     KEN    15:05.34
5.Sarah Chelangat    UGA    15:37.68

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