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It's time to tone down

By James Bakama

Added 22nd March 2017 08:55 AM

Uganda is eyeing her first gold in the biennial competition.

It's time to tone down

Uganda is eyeing her first gold in the biennial competition.

PIC: Uganda runners have toned down from the rigorous training regime in Kapchorwa. (Credit: Norman Katende)

After over a month of serious training it is time to reduce the load.

"We are toning down. This is time to recuperate while seriously focusing on Sunday's race," said coach Benjamin Longiros.

With barely four days left to the World Cross Country, Team Uganda indeed needs every ounce of energy.

Monday's training comprised of mainly light runs, aerobics and stretches in the Mount Elgon town's outskirts.

The team's main source of relief is the high fitness levels and the fact that there are no injuries. Tactics are also now a regular aspect of the preparations.

"We have to lay a strategy of maximising medals," said Longiros however refusing to give details on exactly what game plan he has.

"As hosts our main target is to win as many medals as possible."

Beating giants Ethiopia and Kenya is top on Uganda's agenda. Ethiopia and Kenya have underlined their intentions of maintaining their dominance by fielding full strength teams.

Uganda is eyeing her first gold in the biennial competition.

Uganda's best performance has been silver from Moses Kipsiro in the senior men's event in 2009 in Amman Jordan.

Boniface Kiprop and Thomas Ayeko also won silver, though in the junior event. Team bronze has been Uganda's best performance in the women's category.

Uganda will become the fourth African country to stage the global meet after Morocco hosted it twice while Kenya and South Africa have each held it once.







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