Uganda’s senior men athletics team is ready to put up a great fight against strong mountain running brands Eritrea, Turkey , Kenya, USA and hosts Italy, as they fight to retain the World mountain running championships title, which they won last year.
By Norman Katende
World Mountain Running championships
Junior women 10am
Junior men 10.30am
Senior women 11.15am
Senior men 12pm
MASSA, ITALY- Uganda’s senior men athletics team is ready to put up a great fight against strong mountain running brands Eritrea, Turkey , Kenya, USA and hosts Italy, as they fight to retain the World mountain running championships title, which they won last year.
And James Kibet, who has been training in Italy said that they were ready to defend the men’s senior title, with the conducive weather which is not as cold as it had earlier been expected.
Team Uganda getting pep talk from coach Guiseppe Giamborone PHOTOS/Norman Katende
Uganda took the first four positions in the senior men last year and want to repeat the same in this year's event.
“It is going to be hard, but we will not let it go that easily. The weather is good and all of us have the target. The good thing is that we are running as a team, helping each other and that is what we need to retain the title,” said Kibet after the team went across the course.
The running kits arrived in time for Sunday's race
But the athletes will have to battle against the natural highlands of the Alp ranges as they fight to reach Cassette De Misa, the place where the finishing point has been set high in a marble quarry.
All the different categories have different starting points, but all finishing at the same quarry, in what is expected to be a scenic but difficult race through tunnels.
Team Uganda is ready to defend their title
“It is a challenging and uphill course. We have been training to go uphill though this one is steep. But we will not disappoint,” team captain Daniel Rotich said.
Rotich and Kibet will be joined by Kibet Soyekwa, Nathan Ayeko and Isaac Kiprop for the senior men category.
Philip Kipyeko and Stella Chesang will be competing in the men and women junior events, while Patricia Chekwemboi will be battling in the senior women category after she upgraded at the registration.
We will fight for the title