Marathoner Chebet decries slim Budapest chance

Chebet is waiting the athletics body to give her a shot. PHOTO/COURTSEY 

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Chebet arrived in the Dutch city in the province of South Holland knowing she needed to match her billing or even better her PB.

Marathoner Linet Chebet is hurting. The outcomes of the past two months have not matched her desires.

And the long-distance runner is now worried about her place in Team Uganda ahead of the Budapest World Athletics Championships due August 18-29 in Hungary.

This is even after Chebet finished second at the Leiden Marathon in the Netherlands on Sunday. She clocked a time of two hours, 32 minutes and 52 seconds but she was not impressed.

“I am not happy with the time,” she reacted in a chat, “I wanted to run faster.” Chebet had been the pre-race favourite, owing to her personal best (PB) time of 2:26:22 from fourth place at the 2022 Madrid Marathon in Spain.

Chebet arrived in the Dutch city in the province of South Holland knowing she needed to match her billing or even better her PB.

This, because she was ranked fourth on the list of Ugandan women qualified for Budapest under the time of 2:28:00.

Stella Chesang who came third in a national record time of 2:20:23 at the Hamburg Marathon last month, Rebecca Cheptegei in fourth at the Abu Dhabi Marathon in UAE back in November and Mercyline Chelangat at the Enschede Marathon in the Netherlands on April 16 were all faster than her.

And, Chebet’s targets didn’t work out. “Hard course, it is hilly,” she said of the Leiden course. Such has been her story. 

Chebet had been meant to compete in a stronger field at the Paris Marathon in France on April 1 but the 30-year-old missed that plot.

“I could have done better (time) in Paris but I fell sick with malaria that time and I missed to qualify for the World Championship.”

Chebet competed at the Doha Worlds but she struggled with humidity and fell out of the night marathon in Corniche four years ago. 

She has since bounced back with four top-four finishes in six marathons but her selection to Budapest is at the mercy of Uganda Athletics Federation.

Uganda has three quota slots for that women’s 42km race and it is expected that Stella Chesang, who made her 42km debut in Hamburg, will switch back and compete over the 10000m final in Budapest.

That move will give Chebet to stare at her third marathon at a major championship. “I think they (UAF) will consider it,” she hopes.

This is the first time in history that Uganda will attempt to fill all its slots for this race at any major championship.



1 Rodah Chepkorir (KEN)                 2:23:14

2 Valentina Mateiko (KEN)               2:25:05

3 Philippa Bowden (GBR)                 2:29:16

7 Juliet Chekwel (UGA)                     2:33:17



1 Mildred Chepkemei (KEN)             2:32:47

2 Linet Chebet (UGA)                        2:32:52

3 Gladys Chemutai (KEN)                 2:36:32



1 Abel Sikowo (UGA)                        28:50

2 Khalid Choukoud (NLD)                29:48

3 Johanes Kifte (ERI)                        30:09


Date: Nov 4, 1992

Major Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:26:22


Apr 28, 2019: Hamburg Marathon, 8th (2:32:52)

Sept 27, 2019: Doha Worlds Champs, DNF

Oct 17, 2021: Lisbon Marathon, 9th (2:37:57)

Dec 12, 2021: Guadalajara Marathon, 1st (2:29:44)

Apr 24, 2022: Madrid Marathon, 4th (2:26:22)

Jul 30, 2022: XXII Commonwealth Games, 10th (2:38:32)

Nov 6, 2022: Guadalajara Marathon, 1st (2:30:50)

May 14, 2023: Leiden Marathon, 2nd (2:32:52)



1 Stella Chesang; Hamburg Marathon (3rd, 2:20:23 on Apr 23, 2023)  

2 Rebecca Cheptegei; Abu Dhabi Marathon (4th, 2:22:47 on Dec 17, 2022)

3 Mercyline Chelangat; Enschede Marathon (2nd, 2:24:12 on Apr 16, 2023)

4 Linet Chebet; Madrid Marathon (4th, 2:26:22 on Apr 24, 2022)

Entry Standard: 2:28:00, Qualifying window: Dec 1, 2021 - May 30, 2023