World Championships: Five Ugandans in Action

Wednesday, August 23
•Halima Nakaayi – Women’s 800m Heats (11:05am)
•Tarsis Orogot – Men’s 200m Heats (1:15pm)
•Sarah Chelangat & Prisca Chesang – Women’s 5000m heats (8:02pm)
•Peruth Chemutai – Women’s 3000m SC Heats (8:53pm)

Peruth Chemutai is among the five Ugandan athletes in action on Wednesday at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Chemutai is well remembered for her stunning Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 3000m Steeplechase.

And it’s the same event she has entered into, hoping for similar success that has eluded her since that huge victory in Tokyo.

She won Bronze at the Commonwealth games in Birmingham but failed to lived as advertised in Oregon where she came 11th in a time of 9:21.93 at last year’s Championships.

She is in Heat 2 on Wednesday where the first five will qualify automatically.

This year, she ran 9:31.71 in Doha before improving to 9:11.91 to finish third in Lausanne Diamond League meeting.

The title contest has been headlined by the Chepkoech (Jackline and Beatrice) of Kenya who will pose huge threat to Chemutai’s ambitions.

Elsewhere, Halima Nakaayi, who won the Women’s 800m Gold in 2019 Doha, will be in the heat four – First three of heat qualify and are joined by the other fastest three across all heats in the semifinals.

Buzzing youngster Tarsis Orogot will be in Heat Five of the Men’s 200m, also needing to finish among the best three to reach the semis.

Sarah Chelangat and Prisca Chesang will be in Heat One and Two respectively of the Women’s 5000m, an event that also has Sifan Hassan, Faith Kipyegon, Beatrice Chebet, Margaret Kipkemboi and Gudaf Tsegay! First eight in each is the two heats qualify for the final.

On Tuesday, Tom Dradriga finished at the tail of heat two of the Men’s 800m in a time of 1:48.60.

Leonard Chemutai was 12th of 16 athletes, clocking 8:21.61, in the final of the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase.



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