XXI Commonwealth Games:
- 4th – 15th April 2018
- Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast (Australia)
A total of 15 athletes have so far qualified to compete for team Uganda at the 2018 Commonwealth Games due in April as the deadline for qualification comes closer.
The list of qualifiers is led by World Championships silver medalist Joshua Cheptegei and former Olympic Marathon Champion, Stephen Kiprotich.
More athletes are however expected to hit the required standards at the 6th National Trials due this weekend (Saturday, February 24) going by the recent impressive results from the 5th National Trials hosted at Mandela Stadium, Namboole.
Athletes particularly in 400m (both men and women) categories put up good performances two weeks ago with their times inching closely towards the set 53.0 seconds (Women) and 46.0 seconds (men) standards.
It will however not be a surprise if the 400m and middle distance (800m/1500m) competitions register qualifiers for the prestigious Commonwealth Games due April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
The 400m runners eyeing the qualification mark include women Scovia Ayikoru, Emily Nanziri, Stella Wonruku, Nasiba Nabirye with Shida Leni this time round pace setting for the rest.
It’s only Leni who has so far qualified with 52.87 seconds in 400m on home track during the 4th Uganda Athletic Federation (UAF) National Trial at Mnaboole.
The men in contest will pit hot contenders Ali Ngaimoko, Daniel Ogwok, Williamson Oroma, Musa Isabirye, Martin Ariko, Benson Okot and Leornard Opiny.
There are 70 countries that have duly registered to take part in this year’s Commonwealth games.
Uganda will be represented in boxing, Squash, Athletics, Swimming, Badminton, Netball, Cycling and Weightlifting.
The last Commonwealth games were hosted by Glasgow in Scotland.
Birmingham, England will host the 2022 games.
Commonwealth Games Qualifiers:
- Jackson Kiprop – Marathon
- Thomas Ayeko – Marathon
- Solomon Mutai – Marathon
- Alex Chesakit – Marathon
- Moses Kipsiro – Marathon
- Robert Chemonges – Marathon
- Stephen Kiprotich – Marathon
- Ezekiel Chepkorom – Marathon
- Winnie Nanyondo – 1500m
- Mercyline Chelangat – 10,000m
- Shida Leni – 400m
- Albert Chemutai – 3000m Steeple Chase
- Joshua Cheptegei – 5000m/10,000m
- Jacob Kiplimo – 5000m/10,000m
- Timothy Toroitich – 10,000m