Six teenagers qualify for U-20 Worlds

Triumphed. Nyamahunge won the women’s 100am dash at Namboole Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO/ISMAIL KEZAALA

Uganda may be already safe with some medal hopefuls for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games but there are unanswered questions thereafter.
The Global Sports Communication team under their camp in Kapchorwa is working to find new talent which can take over from mentors Joshua Cheptegei, Stephen Kiprotich, Halimah Nakaayi and Peruth Chemutai.

Coach Addy Ruiter will be impressed that his budding stars are trotting the line with the Los Angeles 2028 Games in sight after two of his athletes qualified for the Cali World U20 Championships at the weekend.
Rogers Kibet is among the top five runners who beat the 3000m qualifying mark to the Cali U20 Worlds after he came second in a time of seven minutes and 51.2 seconds during the Fourth National Trials at Namboole.
“Like planned, taking the lead from the beginning, a 7:50 in Namboole is strong,” coach Ruiter said.

The race was won by Dismas Yeko of Ndejje University in 7:50.5sec. The two runners featured at last year’s World U20 Championships in Kenya but they were novices.
Yeko in February won the junior men’s 8km title at the National Cross-country Championships in Tororo. Kibet meanwhile took three podium finishes on the European Cross-country circuit in Spain and Portugal.
His training partner Dan Kibet already qualified for the 5000m race in Cali. And Ruiter is confident Kibet will try to qualify for the 10000m ticket to the senior Oregon World Championships in June.

Meanwhile, Martin Kiprotich of Police came third in 8:06.6 and also beat the qualifying standard of 8:15.00 to Cali, Colombia.
Ruiter’s other student Hosea Kiprop won the 3000m steeplechase in 8:57.4 to beat the qualifying standard of 9:08.00 to Cali. 

UAF 4th National Trials
Select RESULTS – WOMEN’S 400M

1.Shida Leni    Police    53.58
2.Emily Nanziri     Police    55.29
3.Maureen Banura    Police    56.84
WOMEN’S 1500M
1.Halimah Nakaayi     UWA    4:12.67
2.Janat Chemusto     Police    4:13.46
3.Knight Aciru    Prisons    4:14.86
MEN’S 200M
1.Benson Okot     Agago    20.96
2.Pius Adome     Police    21.54
3.Joshua Jagalo     Police    21.74
MEN’S 3000M U20
1.Dismas Yeko    Ndejje    7:50.5
2.Rodgers Kibet    KCCA    7:51.2
3.Martin Kiprotich    Police    8:06.6
MEN’S 10000M
1.Silas Boshi     Police    28:44.4
2.Ali Chebures    UWA    28:44.8
3.Kevin Kibet     Prisons    28:51.0

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