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Focus turns to Namboole races

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th July 2001 03:00 AM

Focus turns to this weekend's national track and field championships after the disappointment at the world youth championships in Hungary.

Focus turns to this weekend's national track and field championships after the disappointment at the world youth championships in Hungary.

By Leo Kabunga and James Bakama Focus turns to this weekend's national track and field championships after the disappointment at the world youth championships in Hungary. Uganda, which won gold in the 5,000m courtesy of Dorcas Inzikuru the last time round, returned empty handed. Favourite to repeat Inzikuru's feat was Happy Mary Bacia who was disqualified in the 800m for running outside her lane despite finishing second in her heat. UAAF secretary Patrick Okanya said the athletes from Hungary would participate in the Namboole meet, reduced from two days to one. "We are made to pay sh 1.2m per day and the federation cannot raise such big amount of money for two days," Okanya said. Arua Athletics Club coach Flavio Pasqualato said Bacia was unlucky, because her best times were within the medal bracket. "She was capable of winning a medal from her personal best time of 2.05:60," Pasqualato said. Ruto Cherotich of Kenya won the girls 800m final in 2.05: 50 seconds. The last Ugandan standing in Hungary, Patrick Kibwota, finished ninth in the boys' javelin final. The Gulu Secondary School student, in his first major international meet, threw 61.55 meters. Uganda's captain Moses Mpanga finished tenth in the 3000m final. Ends

Focus turns to Namboole races

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