Just seven days after Uganda’s disastrous performance at the Africa Cross Country Championships at Kololo, Team Uganda was all smiles on Saturday as the hosts won the World University Cross Country championships in Entebbe.
Elated by emphatic triumph, veteran coach Benjamin Longiros says Uganda has the antidote to tame Kenya in long-distance races.
“The belief that we cannot beat them [Kenyans] has been disproved here,” Longiros said after Uganda swept top honours, which included two individual and one team gold medals.
Kampala University’s Winnie Nanyondo led Uganda’s charge when she won the senior women’s race in 20 minutes 33.77 seconds to clinch the first country’s gold medal. Her compatriots Dorcus Ajok (21 minutes 01.85 seconds) and Prim Twikirize (21 minutes 06.14 seconds) crossed the finish line in second and third respectively to complete a 1-2-3 triumph for the hosts.
In the men’s race, Joshua Cheptegei (31 minutes 06.71 secs) held off a stiff challenge from the Kenyan quartet of Daniel Muindi (31 min 12.79sec), Mark Lokwanamoi (32:33.26), Calvin Chemoiywo (39:39.92) and Joseph Kariuki (32:51:36) respectively to scoop gold.
Cheptegei’s victory completed Uganda’s triumph and earned the much-needed sweet revenge over Kenya.
Source : The Observer