Mercyline Chelangat Targets Another Commonwealth Podium

Uganda’s long distance runner Mercyline Chelangat says she wants another Commonwealth medal.

Chelangat made her way back into the picture after winning the 10km cross-country in Tororo last weekend.

Chelangat has been off form since she last won a Bronze medal in 10,000m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Then, she came third behind Uganda’s Stella Chesang (gold) and Stacy Ndiwa of Kenya.

Over the weekend, she beat a classy field that also had Uganda’s Olympic gold medalist Peruth Chemutai and Sarah Chelangat to finish at 33:31.

“The entire race was good, it was not an easy one though. I was behind in the closing stages but I had to depend on my endurance and thank God I managed to finish top,” an excited Chelangat said.

“I am back and I feel strong, you all remember that I went for maternity leave after Commonwealth in 2018.

“So, my target this year is to get something at Commonwealth. I want to be among the top three like it was in Gold Coast.”

Chelangat (left) at 2018 Gold Coast

Last year, Chelangat who qualified to the Olympics in Hengelo, failed to impress at the Tokyo Games after finishing a lowly 24th with a time of 33:10.90, having returned the same year on track after that maternity leave.

She will be a medal hopefully at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due July/August this year.

Chelangat has also competed at the 2017 World Athletics Championship and 2018 Africa Cross Country Championships among other events.



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