13 and counting...qualify for the London World Championships - August 3rd - 13th, 2017
Home advantage has so far not helped athletes hit the required IAAF qualification standards as the track and field season switch to regional championships. The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has however not relented in efforts to provide more opportunities to athletes to meet the required standards.
It has lined up six regional championships between June and July hosted in Busoga, West Nile, Eastern, Northern, Central and Western parts of Uganda for that purpose. According to the competition schedule, Central Region championships are slated to take place this weekend June 17, 2017 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Unlike the other regional venues which will be run on grass surface, athletes for Central Championships will be privileged to be timed by the electronic facility and running on tartan surface conducive to posting good times.
Central Championships marks the third regional event to be run following the Eastern and MAYANK regional champs which were concurrently organized last weekend June 10, 2017 at Tororo and Arua respectively.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has set July 23, 2017 as the deadline for athletes worldwide to qualify for the prized World Championships. The country has seen only two runners out of 13 so far qualify at home during the 2017 Kampala World Cross Country Championships hosted at Kololo National Ceremonial Ground.
The 13 runners booked for the 2017 London World Championships now include Araptany Jacob who registered 8:21.92 in 3000mSc (Qualification 8:21.92) and Moses Martin Kurong 27:22.33 (Q 27:45.00) in 10,000m over the weekend in Europe.
Peruth Chemutai clocked 9:27 in 3000m SC, Chelangat Mercyline with 15:09 in 5000m at the Shanghai Diamond League. Chelangat had earlier qualified through the Kampala hosted IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2017 and Chekwel Juliet 31:32 at the 10,000m in Italy
Halima Nakaayi (1:59) in 800m, Joshua Cheptegei in 10,000m got the nod from Rio Olympics while Toroitich Timothy and Mercyline Chelangat finished among the top 15 at the Kampala 2017 World Cross Country Championships