So far, there are eminent levels of optimism in Winnie Nanyondo’s spikes ahead of the Commonwealth Games that get underway in Glasgow today. This is after the runner broke the national 800m record with a third successive personal best time of 1:58.63 as she finished third at the tenth IAAF Diamond League (DL) Meet in Monaco on Friday. Going by the form, Nanyondo will head to Glasgow with her head held high. “I don’t want to promise a lot but I believe I am in good form and that I can only improve,” said Nanyondo on return from Monaco.
“The new record has made me gain more belief in myself and hopefully a medal will come too in Glasgow but right now I can’t say I will bring gold, silver or bronze.”
Despite erasing Annet Negesa’s previous record of 1:59.08 set in Dutch city Hengelo two years ago, her coach Raphael Kasaija believes she can still break the national record in Glasgow. “After watching her race in Monaco, she needs to improve on a few areas and I am confident she will run a faster time in Glasgow,” he said.But Kasaija, albeit sounding unrealistic, thought Nanyondo did not stick to the tactics over her maiden two-lap race in the DL.
The 20-year-old started slowly in lane four but completed her first lap in third place inside 58 seconds. Within the final 350m, she slipped to fifth but charged back to third as they approached the final 200m.“Her poor start caused all those slip-ups in the race,” he said. “She spent her gas early playing the catch-up game and eventually struggled to keep pace with the front pair towards the finish,”
While Nanyondo tried to hold off 2008 Olympic silver medalist Janeth Jepkosgei (1:58.70) in the final home stretch, American champion Wilson Ajee pulled away from reigning World champion Eunice Sum to win a new world lead time of 1:57.67
SOURCE: Daily Monitor