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All eyes on the biggest prize in Ugandan athletics history

Long distance powerhouse Japan prepares at Kololo, ready for an assault for a share of the sh1.1billion prize . PHOTO KCCAMEDIA

IAAF.ORG: A total of $310,000 (sh1.1billion) in prize money will be awarded by the world athletics governing body IAAF to the leading runners in the senior races at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 on Sunday.

Winners of the individual men’s and women’s races will each earn $30,000, with money paid out to the top six finishers. In total, US$140,000 is on offer in the two senior races.

Only Moses Kipsiro has come close to winning the top prize, coming second in 2009 and third in 2010. READ Cheptegei Uganda’s top gun

In the team contest in both senior races, there is another prize pool of $140,000, with $20,000 going to the winning team, with prizes awarded to sixth place in both races, where the pay out by the IAAF is $4000. Uganda has previously won bronze in 2007 and 2011 but are fancied to improve on this this weekend.

There is also a total prize pool of $30,000 on offer for the inaugural relay race, with $12,000 earmarked for the winning team. Here, the first four teams across the line will be awarded prize money.

Prize money (in US$) – senior men’s and women’s races only*

Individual races:
1st – 30,000
2nd – 15,000
3rd – 10,000
4th – 7000
5th – 5000
6th – 3000

Team races:
1st – 20,000
2nd – 16,000
3rd – 12,000
4th – 10,000
5th – 8000
6th – 4000

Relay race:
1st – 12,000
2nd – 8000
3rd – 6000
4th – 4000

* No prize money paid for the junior races. The payment of prize money in the senior races is dependent upon the athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.

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