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Uganda picks 10 for World Half Marathon after Source of Nile race

Chebet took charge of the race early. PHOTO Mark C | Adventures in Running FACEBOOK

Top 5 Men

1. Chebet Abel/Police – 1:02.33
2. Kibet Moses/KCCA – 1:03.36
3. Chemonges Robert/Police – 1:03.42
4. Soyekwo Kibet/KCCA – 1:04.14
5. Kwemoi Vitalis/KCCA – 1:04.21

Top 5 Women

1. Chesang Doreen/UWA – 1:13.25
2. Chemutai Doreen/Prisons – 1:13.36
3. Chebet Rachael Zena/Prisons – 1:14.57
4. Ajok Dorcus/Prisons – 1:15.29
5. Chemos Viola Muneria/Arua – 1:18.43

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A team of 10 athletes has been selected to represent Uganda during the 85th edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships due to take place in Gdynia, Poland.  The competition will take place on March 29.

The selected team was chosen after posting impressive results in the Source of the Nile Half Marathon Competitions held in Jinja this morning. The run attracted 138 athletes from 22 athletics clubs all over the country.

There was stiff competition among the male participants out of which the Abel Chebet finished in the first position followed by Moses Kibet, Robert Chesang, Soyekwo Kibet and Kwamei Vitalis. The women’s team comprised of Doreen Chesang from Uganda Wildlife Authority, Doreen Chemutai, Rachel Chebet, and Docus Ajok from Prisons Athletics club and Arua’s Viola Chemos.

Abel Chebet, the winner of the Source of the Nile pack hopes that with additional training, the can clinch a medal from Poland.

The publicity secretary of  Uganda Athletics Federation Namayo Mawerere says that the annual Source of the Nile Marathon which had become a national platform for talent search was in 2015 discontinued due to lack of sponsors. However, it has resumed this year and successfully selected athletes suitable for international marathons.

Mawerere argues that regional athletics championships are vital as they inspire more youth to join the sport.

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