Government Clears Two Athletes To Compete In Czech Republic

The Government has cleared two athletes, Winnie Nanyondo and Jacob Kiplimo to travel to Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The two will compete at the 59th edition of the Golden Spike in Ostrava on Tuesday, September 8.

Golden Spike is an annual athletics event at the Mestsky Stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic as part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings.

Nanyondo will be going for the 1500m while Kiplimo will be competing in 10,000m.

Kiplimo, the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Junior champion, will be hoping for a strong performance after winning bronze in 2016 at the World U20 Championship in Poland when he clocked 27:26.68.

Winnie Nanyondo at World Championship in Doha. Courtesy

Nanyondo on the other hand, won bronze in 800m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but 1500m will provide a different challenge.

Last year at the World Championship in Doha, she finished 11th with a time of 4:00.63.

The Ostrava event, rescheduled from its original date in May, will see Nanyondo take on World Record holder Genzebe Dibaba, Olympic Champion Faith Kipyegon and United Kingdom’s Jemma Reekie in the 1500m.

Last year at this meeting, Tsegay Gudaf beat Sarah McDonald to take the 1500m win with 4:02.95 while Hawi Feysa came third.



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