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Uganda athletes battle for slots

Uganda athletes battle for slots

Top Ugandan runners meet Saturday (January 14) afternoon to battle for the national team slots to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

The runners will be competing in the National Cross Country Championships that are due at Kololo Independence Ground on Saturday. The same venue will host the world event on March 26.

The event is the most competitive national event in history  attracting almost all the top runners including Joshua Cheptegei, who is just coming back from Europe, where he won a series of cross Country events together with Timothy Toroitich, who has also won a number of events.

Cheptegei has been dominant at the junior level, winning the World Junior 10000m title in Oregon 2014, and Africa Junior Cross Country title in Addis 2015, among other titles.

He will be competing against Uganda most successful cross country runner Moses Kipsiro who has a silver medal (Amman, 2009), bronze medal (Bydgoszcz, 2010) and finished fourth in Bydgoszcz 2013.

Kipsiro has competed in 9 worlds cross country events, three of them as a junior runner.

Other runners in the senior men category are Stephen Kiprotich, London 2012 Olympic marathon and Moscow 2013 marathon champion and Solomon Mutai, Uganda’s only medalist at the Beijing World championships in 2015 after winning a bronze medal in the marathon and two time national winner Philip Kipyeko.

The senior women race is expected to be competitive with runners from the past junior category that includes; Stella Chesang and Doreen Chemutai advancing to the senior women category to challenge the normal order that had Rebecca Cheptegei, Juliet Chekwel and Adero Nyakisi dominating the proceedings for the past years.