KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
World 10,000m silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei started the 2018
season in style by winning the Cross Internacional de Italica in
Santiponce on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Seville on
The Ugandan, who is targeting the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold
medal, recorded a time of 30:54 to beat another Ugandan Jacon
Kiplimo by one second.
“This is very good for our athletes because it shows that they are
starting the season on a high. Our target as Uganda is to win as
many medals as possible during the Commonwealth Games in Australia
in April,” Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics
Federation (UAF) said.
Cheptegei has shown fine form this winter, winning the 10km race in
Durban in 27:29 and at 15km in Nijmegen in 41:16, just three seconds
outside the world record for the distance.
Otuchet said that although some runners have been entered in
different championships in Europe, the local calendar is busy with
national trials which are also being used as qualifiers for the 2018
Uganda’s team is expected to have Cheptegei and 2012 marathon gold
medalist Stephen Kiprotich among the stars.
Uganda’s female weightlifter
Kasuubo qualifies for 2018 Commonwealth Games
KASUBI, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) --
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has
confirmed Uganda’s female lifter Irene Kasuubo will compete at the
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“This is a very great news because I have been working hard and
praying that my performance of last year qualifies me for the
Commonwealth Games,” Kasuubo told Xinhua during her training session
in Kasubi, 8km from Kampala town.
Kasuubo will compete in under the 63kg category.
Julius Ssekitoleko (56kg), Hakim Musoke Ssempereza (69kg), Kalidi
Batuusa (94kg) and Saad Maganda (85kg) qualified for the men’s
weightlifting competitions of the Games on April 4-15 in Australia.
Uganda is expected to send another 67 athletes to compete in rugby,
netball,track-and-field, boxing, badminton, squash, swimming,
shooting and table-tennis.