"It is going to be a tough race but I will fight on for a better position."
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RIO DE JANEIRO – Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel will have a humble target of a top-eight finish and of rewriting the national 10,000m record as she lines up against top runners in the women’s Olympic event.
The first Ugandan track runner will be competing in the final of the event Friday (today) at 5pm.
Chekwel who was injured after the Beijing World championships last year underwent treatment in Italy and she is confident that she can do better.
Her coach Guiseppe Giamborone says she has improved remarkably and after clocking 32:40.95 in Beijing last year, she went on to beat tough and hard conditions to better her time by running 31:37.99 in Rubia, Italy in April this year.
"She is fully fit and she is also a good runner. Going for a medal might be a big deal for her but this is a championships and it's open,” said her coach.
“She can hold on with the lead pack and what we want is to see that she gets a good result and finishing among top eight and improving on her personal best to us is a better result.”
Chekwel had last year fixed herself on trying out steeplechase but the injury saw her re-shift her focus back to the flat course.
"It is going to be a tough race but I will fight on for a better position," vowed the runner.