The story has been printed in black and white, and re-written of the seventeen-member contingent from Uganda to United States of America, for the World Athletics Championships that ended Monday morning in Oregon2022. Team Uganda is supposed to be parking as required so that they fly out to home in Uganda very soon.
On Monday morning, Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo earned a bronze in 13:10.20 at the 5000m final, a season’s best to conclude the Country’s medal journey from the States, and Ugandans are thankful for such wonderful performances this year. The men’s 5000m race was star-studded field that included the world record-holder, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, who had earned gold over 10,000m earlier in the championships.
For Chelimo, the bronze finish comes after a few disappointing outings recently. “I had some difficult times in the past years, I was happy last year to qualify in Tokyo, but then I came last so I had to ask why,” said Chelimo. “But my coach told me that I am a champion. He said, ‘forget about the past, just continue racing’.”
A total of about Shs32 billion was up for grabs this year and Ugandan athletes managed to walk away with UGX448m. Cheptegei and Kiplimo will each receive $70,000 (about UGX263m) and $22,000 (about UGX83m) in prize money as a result of their gold and bronze medal finishes in the 10,000m, respectively. Winnie Nannyondo finished a distant 8thin the women’s 1500 but she wears a big smile on her athletic face through the bank corridors, fat on her UGX19m cheque. For his Bronze, Chelimo is also Shs83 million richer.
Runner Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda retained his men’s world 10,000 meters title in a thrillingly unpredictable final at Hayward Field, taking gold in 27min 27.43sec in the morning session of day three at the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships.
- Mr. Daniels N. Tatya is an affluent Sports Writer, Commentator and Editor. His over 15 years of covering almost major sporting events makes him a revered and an authority on investigative Sports journalism in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected] +256(0)758268315
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