Despite producing the 2005 world champion, Dorcus Inzikuru, in Helsinki (Finland), Uganda had never held any such competition.
6th National trials/7th Kampala region championships
By Norman Katende
KAMPALA - The beating of Winnie Nanyondo by Dorcus Ajok in her favourite women’s 800m race distracted the fact that Namboole for the first time ever held a Women’s 3000m Steeplechase event.
Nanyondo, whose last competition was in China, took an early lead as they closed off the first 300m with Dorcus Ajok, Suzan Aneno, Agnes Aneno and Halimah Nakaayi right behind.
However, towards the final 300m, Ajok stepped up and overtook her on the bend before she put to work her long strides and despite Nanyondo’s attempt to catch up, Ajok looked comfortable, hitting the finish line with a time of 2:02:62.
Her closest challenger, Nanyondo followed, clocking 2:04.22.
"It was not a good time but I have improved. I ran 2:08 in China and now I am concentrating on hitting the target of qualification in the 800m event," said Nanyondo after the race.
Winnie Nanyondo (front) and Dorcus Ajok (far left) compete in the women 800m event. (Credit: Norman Katende)
Females competitors endure a splash during the Women's Steeplechase event. (Credit: Norman Katende)
Meanwhile, Ajok also won the 1500m race, joining Shida Leni and Dennis Opio, as the only athletes that managed doubles in the track events.
Shioda Leni dominated the Women's 200m and 400m, with Opio, who was also making a comeback to the national competition, also winning the men's version of the two events.
However, the day's attraction was in the first ever Women’s 3000m Steeplechase action on Ugandan soil.
Despite producing the 2005 world champion, Dorcus Inzikuru, in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase event in Helsinki (Finland), Uganda had never held any such competition until Saturday, for which the technical committee made barriers.
And although the time was not within the qualifying times, the first event was exciting, mostly as girls went over the steeple, with some falling flat inside.
"They have promising times. We shall keep on holding steeplechase competitions so that we produce other Inzikurus" said Paul Okello, a technical committee member.
Selected winners at the Namboole event
100m: Moureen Banura (Gombe) 11.9
200m: Shida Leni (Ndejje) 24.25
400m: Shida Leni (Ndejje) 53.67
800m: Dorcus Ajok (Prisons) 2:02.62
1500m: Dorcus Ajok (Prisons) 4:28.00
3000m SC: Mercyline Chelangat (Police) 10:33.84
Long jump: Unyuthfua Awadhi (UCU) 6.05
Short put: Caroline Abel (Prisons) 11.52
Javelin: Lucy Aber (Police) 47.70
Discus: Mercy Laker (Gombe) 33.27
100m: Solomon Obuto (Busitema) 10.5
200m: Denis Opio (Performance) 21.44
400m: Denis Opio (Performance) 46.90
800m: Ronald Musagala (Performance) 1:48.27
1500m: Joseph Uma (Standard) 3:55.15
3000m SC: Boniface Sikowo (Kapchorwa) 9:00.80
5000m: Martin Cheptigen (Prisons) 14:14.66
T/Jump: Robert Okumu (Gombe) 14:59
Javelin: Patrick Kibwota (Police) 57.69
Long jump: Alfred Okot (Prisons) 7.23
Shot put: Jacob Wokorach (Ndejje) 13.65
High jump: Christopher Onang (Prisons) 1.90
Discuss: Jacon Wokorach (Ndejje) 36.26
Pole Vault: Edris Makumbi (Alpha) 3.00
Namboole holds first ever women’s 3000m steeplechase