Halimah Nakaayi Fourth In Diamond League 800m Final

Uganda’s middle distance runner Halimah Nakaayi came fourth in the 800m final as the curtains came down on the 2022 Diamond League season in Zurich.

Nakaayi, seeking to become a Diamond League champion at the distance, clocked 1:58.82.

Kenya’s Mary Moraa was the champion in a time of 1 minute and 57.63 seconds ahead of Natoya Goule (Jamaica) and Hurtah Sage (US).

Last year’s champion Keely Hodgkinson (Great Britain) finished fifth in a 10-woman field.

It’s an improvement for Nakaayi who finished fifth last season.

Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda wins the Women’s 800m during the Indoor Track and Field Meeting Karlsruhe at Messe Karlsruhe on January 28, 2022 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Nakaayi who raced in six Diamond League meetings this season before Brussels, was the only Ugandan athlete to reach the final.

Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Peruth Chemutai, Winnie Nanyondo, Ronald Musagali, Oscar Chelimo and Dan Kibet also competed in the Diamond League this season.

Three Ugandans made the final last season in 2021; Nakaayi (5th in 800m), Nanyondo (8th in 1500m) and Chemutai (7th in 3000m Steeplechase).

Cheptegei is the only Ugandan to have won a Diamond League final when he was crowned the 5000m champion in 2019.

Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions comprising fourteen of the best invitational athletics meetings.

The Athletes accumulate points across all meetings as they bid to qualify for the final where a winner is crowned the overall champion.

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