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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 
Uganda’s star athlete Chesang heads national
team to 2018 African Championship

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s star athlete Stella Chesang hopes her team will upset rivals at the 2018 African Championship scheduled to be held Aug. 1-15 in Asaba, Nigeria.

Chesang told Xinhua in an interview on Monday before the team left for the championship that they are all prepared for the event.

“We have trained well as a team and expect to return with several medals. I am also optimistic that I can win another gold medal like I did in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia,” Chesang said.

Moses Asonya, the coach told Xinhua that although the team will miss star athletes like Jacob Kiplimo, Janat Chemusto and Albert Chemutai because of the injuries they have, the team will put up a good performance.

Uganda will face stiff competition from the likes of Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The African Senior Championships is a continental event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics.

Uganda’s team

Men: Timothy Toroitich (10,000m), Ronald Musagala (1,500m), Geoffrey Ruto (800m), Rashid Atiau (800m), Pius Adome (100m/200m), Leonard Opiny (400m), Stephen Kissa (5,000m), Kevin Kibet (5,000m)

Women: Stella Chesang (10,000m), Mercyline Chelangat (10,000m), Winnie Nanyondo, Halima Nakaayi (800m), Peruth Chemutai (3000mSC), Shida Leni (200m/400m), Scovia Ayikoru (100m/200m), Lucy Aber (javelin) and Josephine Lalam (javelin).

           

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