World Junior Championship: Chesang Bags Uganda’s Only Medal

Prisca Chesang won Uganda’s only medal at the 2021 World Athletics U20 Championship at the Kasarani Sports Complex in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Chesang bagged bronze in the Women’s 5000m on Sunday, the last day of the championship.

Fresh from the Tokyo Olympics, Chesang who earlier fell short in the 3000m, finished third in a time of 16:21.78.

Mizan Alem (16:05.61) and Melknat Wudu (16:13.16) completed an Ethiopian 1-2 in the same event Scarlet Chebet came last.

Chesang and Melknat were initially disqualified for stepping out of the line before they were reinstated after a successful appeal.

Earlier on Sunday, Elphas Toroitich Ndiwa and Leonard Chemutai were sixth and seventh in that order in the Men’s 3000m steeplechase final.

Chesang’s medal, is the 14th Uganda has won at the World Juniors since 1986.

Host Kenya continued to lay claim as an Athletics powerhouse after topping the medal table with eight gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.

Team Uganda at the concluded World Juniors in Kenya: Chebet Scarlet (5000m), Maru Peter (1500m), Yeko Dismus (3000m), Dan Kibet (3000m), Chemutai Leonard (3000mSc), Toroitich Ndiwa (3000mSc), Kibet Rodgers (5000m), Kiprotich Martin (5000m), Orogot Tarsis (100m/200m) and Chesang Prisca (3000m/5000m)

Officials: Coach Charles Mukiibi, Coach Moses Asonya, Suzan Laker (Chaperon) and Peter Chelengat (Manager).

Uganda medals at World U20 since 1986.

  1. Francis Ogola – Bronze (400m), 1992 Seoul
  2. Julius Achon – Gold (1500m), 1994 Lisbon
  3. Paskar Owor – Bronze (800m), 1992 Annecy
  4. Dorcus Inzikuru – Gold (5000m), 2000 Santiago
  5. Boniface Kiprop – Gold (10,000m), 2004 Grosseto
  6. Abraham Chepkirwok – Bronze (800m), 2006 Beijing
  7. Benjamin Kiplagat – Silver (3000m SC), 2008 Bydgoszcz
  8. Annet Negesa – Bronze (800m), 2010 Moncton
  9. Jacon Araptany – Bronze (3000m SC), 2010 Moncton
  10. Joshua Cheptegei – Gold (10,000m), 2014 Eugene
  11. Jacob Kiplimo – Bronze (10,000m), 2016 Bydgoszcz
  12. Peruth Chemutai – Silver (3000m SC), 2018 Tampere
  13. Jacob Kiplimo – Silver (10,000m), 2018 Tampere
  14. Prisca Chesang – Bronze (5000m), 2021 Nairobi



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