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Uganda shining at 2019 World Cross Country Championships

    ButSome of Uganda’s Athletes competing at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships (Agency Photo)

Like it was the case in 2017, Uganda are once again making a statement at the IAAF World Cross country championships.

Back then, in the global event held at Kololo, Kampala, team Uganda finished third in the medal standings having gathered 3 medals (2 Bronze and 1 Gold).

At this year’s edition held in Aarhus, Denmark, the team has already matched that tally.

However, there is no Gold so far as they have so far managed one Silver and two Bronze medals.

The Silver has come in the Junior Men’s category (8km) which was won by Ethiopia, with Kenya finishing third.

The Bronze medals have come via Oscar Chelimo’s third place finish in the Junior Men’s race while the other, in the Senior Women’s race where Rachael Chebet narrowly missed out on the medal herself as she finished fourth.

Uganda still has a chance to eclipse 2017’s tally of medals with the senior Men’s race yet to be ran.

The senior Men’s team features the likes of Joshua Cheptegei and teenage sensation Jacob Kiplimo who will surely attract the most attention.

In 2017, Kiplimo won the Junior Men’s race in a time of 22:40 minutes, beating the likes of Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn and Kenya’s Richard kimunyan.

Uganda sent out its biggest contingent ever to World Cross-country Championships of 27 athletes with a view of improving on past performance.

At the look of things currently, the team has so far done justice to the faith placed in them.

The Senior Men’s race happens in a few hours.

How some the individual athletes have so far performed:

Junior Men’s Race.

-Oscar Chelimo – 3rd

-Hosea Kiplangat – 6th

-Samuel Kibet – 9th

-Mathew Chekwurui – 14th

Senior Women Race.

-Rachael Chebet – 4th

-Peruth Chemutai – 5th

-Juliet Chekwel – 13th

-Esther Chebet – 14th

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