Women’s 3000m steeplechase athletics Rio 2016

Uganda’s Representative: Peruth Chemutai at 4:05 pm Today

Ugandan athlete Peruth Chemutai must be fighting to accommodate several thoughts of what her exploits will yield as she heads for the 3000m steeplechase athletics at the Rio 2016 games in Brazil today.

She will touch the podium as another Ugandan in the fray after four; Swimmers Jamila Lunkuse and Joshua Ekirikubinza, Boxer Kennedy Katende and Juliet Chekwel failed to make the grade at the international showpiece.

Chemutai impressed before getting onto the plane to Rio, and that was last year when she made history in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa – winning two silver medals as Uganda finished 23rd out of 64 countries.

Chemutai won her first silver when she reached the tape second just behind Australia’s Amy Hardling Delloze in 1,500m. She clocked a record time of 4:18:22.

Ugandan running sensation Dorcus Inzikuru has been at this stage before and interestingly, she won the inaugural world title in women’s 3000 m steeplechase, as well as the first Commonwealth title in the event.

Will Chemutai borrow tricks? It remains one question to be answered after the race. One thing to note however, is that this race has been dominated by women from an array of nations and continents.

Chemutai will have to watch out for Tunisia’s defending Olympic champion, Habiba Ghribi, Bahrain’s former world junior champion Ruth Jebet and Kenyans Beatrice Chepkoech and Lydia Rotich.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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