Uganda has sent a team of 7 athletes and 2 officials to this year’s IAAF U20 (junior) Championships scheduled in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland. Team Uganda led by Jacob Kiplimo departs on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 overnight flight in 2 separate groups. The Kampala based group; 4 athletes with one coach will be joined by the 2nd group from Italy; 3 athletes and another coach. The championship that kick starts July 19th, 2016 will run till July 24th, 2016.
The Full team includes;
Durban, South Africa
A strong 11 man Uganda athletics team is set to depart the country for South Africa on Tuesday for the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics Championships.
The tourist coastal city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province will host that championships that start this Wednesday.
Olympian Janet Achola is one of the stars on Uganda’s team, comprising youth and experienced athletes, who will be competing in Durban in a bid to qualify for the Olympic Games due this August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Uganda's two-day National track and field Championships were crowned on Thursday with Olympic qualification times for Thomas Ayeko (10000m) and Halima Nakaayi (800m).
With few days to the qualifying deadline of July 11, 22 Ugandans have already hit the 2016 Rio Olympic minimum standards, but only 17 will make the trip - unless more qualify this weekend.
First to qualify at Namboole was Thomas Ayeko; Stretched by 10000m ace Tim Toroitich, Ayeko stunned a strong field Wednesday to become the 4th in contention for one of the three places in the 25-lap race.
Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo finally made it to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after running under the Olympic qualification mark of 2:01.00.
Nanyondo crossed the 800m Heat 1 finish line in 2:00.57 on Saturday, June 11 during the 45th Golden Spike meet in Leiden, Netherlands.
The Common Wealth Bronze medalist bettered her season best 2:02.05 set in Huelva, Spain early last month to make the Olympic grade.
The 22-year-old joins a list of other track athletes from Uganda who have already qualified for the August 5-21 games.
The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) over the weekend once again organised a track and field meeting to recognise the achievements of the country’s only Olympic hurdler gold medallist John Akii-Bua, at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole stadium (June 4).
A total of 31 events for both men and women were competed for and 400m hurdles was the highlight at the 18th edition of the annual Akii Bua Meet in remembrance of Uganda’s fallen hero.