FRANCIS Yiga left yesterday for Sundayâ€™s Hong Kong marathon, confident of qualifying for the World Athletics Championships.
Yiga, whose personal best is 2:18:47, needs to run under two hours 18 minutes in the last of the four-leg marathon, in order to make it to athleticsâ€™ premier event.
Yiga is looking to emulate Moses Cherop (Nairobi), Joseph Nsubuga (Singapore) and Alex Malinga (Mumbai), who have put Uganda in third position of the nation challenge, which comes with a prize pool of $400,000 (sh698m).
â€œI am eyeing qualification for the World Championships and Olympics. I have had enough training this time ,â€ said Yiga, who was seen off by the Standard Chartered bankâ€™s corporate affairs head Herbert Zake and Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) official Omony Okot in Kampala.
Yiga gets national send-off