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Nanyondo, Nakaayi storm 800m final in Doha

By Joseph Kizza

Added 28th September 2019 07:43 PM

Halimah Nakaayi produces her season's best as she and compatriot Winnie Nanyondo advance to the women's 800m final.

Nanyondo, Nakaayi storm 800m final in Doha

Halimah Nakaayi beat everyone in her semi-final heat to make the final cut. (AFP)

Halimah Nakaayi produces her season's best as she and compatriot Winnie Nanyondo advance to the women's 800m final.

IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS - DOHA 2019

DOHA - Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo and Halimah Nakaayi both ran under two minutes in the women's 800m semi-final heats to advance to the final on the second day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Nanyondo, who raced in Heat 1, sliced a second off her opening day production to clock 1:59.75 as Nakaayi produced her season's best with her 1:59.35 finish time - the best across all the three heats of the semi-final round.

The two Ugandans and Raevyn Rogers of the USA (1:59.57) are the only finalists who crossed the finish line with a sub-two-minute time.

They will be joined by five other racers in Monday's final, which will take place at 10.10pm Ugandan time.

Ajee Wilson (USA), Rababe Arafi (Morocco), Eunice Jepkoech Sum (Kenya), Ce'Aira Brown (USA) and Natoya Goule (Jamaica) complete the eight-athlete cast, who will be eyeing gold, silver and bronze in this discipline.

 hjhj Winnie Nanyondo knew who exactly to thank first for her performance in Doha

 

(UPDATED at 9:50pm): Meanwhile, three Ugandans took part in the women's 10,000m final, which is 25 laps of the Khalifa International Stadium track.

It was a forgettable race for Stella Chesang (32:15.20), Rachael Zena Chebet (32:41.93 - personal best) and Juliet Chekwel (33:28.18), who finished 16th, 18th and 20th respectively.

The race was won by Sifan Hassan, who took gold, ahead of Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey (silver) and Kenya's Agnes Jebet Tirop (bronze).

Hassan powered through to register a world lead time of 30:17.62 while her closest challenger Gidey produced a new personal best of 30:21.23. Tirop also did a new personal best of 30:25.20.

 

This time around, Uganda sent its biggest group ever of athletes (22) for the championships in Doha. The team includes 2019 Diamond League winner Joshua Cheptegei and former Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich.

It was a mixed start for Team Uganda on the opening day of the competition on Friday. While Nanyondo, Nakaayi and Peruth Chemutai (women's 3,000m steeplechase) breezed through their respective races, the same could not be said of the men of the day.

Oscar Chelimo and Stephen Kissa failed to progress from their respective men's 5,000m heats.


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