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Uganda's World Half Marathon team flagged off

By Shafik Ssenoga

Added 14th October 2020 08:39 PM

The seven will in Poland link up with team captain Joshua Cheptegei and three others in Poland

Uganda's World Half Marathon team flagged off

The seven will in Poland link up with team captain Joshua Cheptegei and three others in Poland

Joshua Cheptegei who recently set up a new 10,000m world record in Valencia will lead Uganda's quest for glory at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships due this Saturday in the northern Polish coast city of Gdynia.

A team of seven athletes that are expected to depart from Entebbe Airport on Wednesday evening at 11:50 pm aboard a KLM flight was flagged off at Copper Chimney Restaurant in Lugogo.

The team that was flagged on Wednesday comprises of Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet, Moses Kibet, Juliet Chekwel, Doreen Chesang, Doreen Chemutai, and Rachael Zena Chebet.

The seven will in Poland link up with Cheptegei, Stephen Kissa, and coach Addy Ruiter who have pitched camp in the Netherlands.

Vice-captain Juliet Chekwel receives the national flag from NCS chairman Donald Rukare. Photo by Fred Kisekka

Coach Benjamin Njia who will work alongside Ruiter is optimistic the athletes have what it takes to achieve their goals.

"We have done our part and they are now going to do their part. The training has been good and I believe they have the potential to excel," stated Njia.

Kiplimo said he expects stiff competition at the meet but that he is ready to emerge victorious.

"The race is not going to be easy but I have been training well. I have confidence that I will put up a good show," the rising star said.

Chekwel who also doubles as the assistant captain to Cheptegei sounded confident that the group is good enough to compete for honours.

"This is a good team and I believe we shall not disappoint. We want to thank you for the support and we request that you pray for us so that we emerge as victors," Chekwel said.

National Council of Sports general secretary Bernard Ogwel, his assistant David Katende and secretary-general Beatrice Ayikoru, Uganda Athletics Federation's  Dominic Otuchet, AIGP Andrew Sorowen as well as presidential adviser on sports Karl Gunter Lange are some of the officials that attended the event that was bookended by a luncheon.

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