Africa Senior championships
1st round 400m, Heat II
1. A. Onakoys (NIG) 46.04
2. O. Mogwane (RSA) 46.37
3. A. Ngaimoko (UGA) 46.43
4. D. Gebretsadik (ETH) 47.02
7pm: Men’s 800m semis
7.45pm: Men’s 400m semis
8:05pm: Women’s 1500m
9pm: Women’s 5000m final
11am: Triple jump (men)
6.45pm: 400m (men) final
7.30pm: 800m (men) final
7.50pm: 3000mSC (men) final
8.25pm: Women 1500m final
Janet Achola and Viola Chemos will not let the poor organisation of the Africa Senior Championships affect their readiness as they prepare to take to the track today.
Achola will be competing in the first round of the women 1500m, while Chemos will be fighting Ethiopian and Kenyan dominance in the women 5000m final later on.
However, aware of the fact that the bib numbers were coming in bits and the start list had not been received by yesterday even when it was two hours to the 400m race, the duo say that they will more concentrate on their races than the shortcomings in organisation.
Achola, who has already qualified for the Olympic Games in Group A (4:06.00), when she set a new national record of 4:05.02 says that the training she has received under coach Renato Canova is good enough for her to go a step further.
The national record holder spent most of yesterday resting in her room, as she focused on her big outing before the London 2012 Games — with an aim of winning her first international medal.
Chemos, who is recovering from a bout of cough, looked to have gained confidence. She is also looking at hitting the London Games 5000m qualifying mark, like her colleagues Ali Ngaimoko, Sarah Nambawa and Jason Ssewanyana.
Meanwhile, Ali Ngaimoko remains positive he can still make the Olympic qualifying mark, after advancing to the semi-finals of the 400m at the Stade de Gaulle.
The Ugandan, who is eyeing to run inside 49.50s, came home in third place in a time of 46.43 seconds.
“The winds were hard but I will give it a try in the semi-finals,” said Ngaimoko.