Event: Women’s 1500m final
Ugandan: Winnie Nanyondo
Date: Sunday, August 7
Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo will be lining up in the Women’s 1500m final on the penultimate day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Nanyondo won her heat in a time of 4:16.04 to reach the final and will be among the favourites for the podium places.
She clocked 4:01.98 to finish eighth at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (US) last month.
But she will fancy her chances in Birmingham where there is a lighter field on paper in absence of a couple of big names including Olympic and world champion Faith Kipyegon (Kenya).
Jessica Hull of Australia who was seventh in Eugene, World and Olympic medallist Laura Muir (Scotland) and Kenya’s Winny Chebet are the other athletes to watch out for.
It’s strong to note that Nanyondo won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but it was in 800m not 1500m.
But she will be banking on that experience garnered in the past to pull up another golden performance.
The Games record at the distance is held by Caster Semenya of South Africa – 4:00.71.
Uganda has won four medals – Jacob Kiplimo’s two gold medals (5000m and 10,000m), Victor Kiplangat gold in Marathon and Teddy Nakimuli’s bronze in Boxing.
Uganda’s Haron Adoli will be in 400m final at 12:45pm, in a field that also has Jamaican duo of Anthony Cox and Nathon Allen, Mathew Hudson Smith of England and Boniface Otunga Mweresa of Kenya among others.
Ugandan trio of Stella Chesang, Racheal Zena Chebet and Sarah Chelangat will be in 5000m final at 9:45pm.