World Championships: Tarsis Orogot Misses 200m Final Slot

Uganda’s sprinter Tarsis Orogot failed to qualify for the 200m final at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon (US).

Orogot could only manage fifth place in his second heat, a position outside the required first two in each heat.

His time of 20.35 seconds was also off the next top-two fastest times that also earned a place in the final.

But it’s an improvement from his 20.44 seconds he ran earlier on Tuesday to qualify to these semis.

The heat was won by Noah Lyles of the United States in a time of 19.62 seconds while Kenny Bednarek (19.84) came second.

The next two fastest times across all the three heats also came in Orogot’s heat two – Jereem Richards (19.86) and Luxolo Adams (20.09) of Trinidad and South Africa respectively.

Orogot earlier made history in the heats on Tuesday when he became the first Ugandan to take part in 200m at the World Champions.

The US-based athlete is also the first Male Sprinter for Uganda since 1997 when Davis Kamoga competed in 400m at Athens.

He will now shift his focus to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Esther Chebet (5000m heats) and Peruth Chemutai (3000m SC finals) will be in action on Thursday morning.

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