Bronze medalist Mercyline Chelangat of Uganda, gold medalist Stella Chesang of Uganda and Juliet Chekwel of Uganda celebrate

8th National Track and Field Trials

  • Saturday, 28th April 2018
  • At Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (9 AM – 4 PM)
[/media-credit] Uganda’s Munyo Solomon Mutai holds his national flag as he runs towards the finish line of the athletics men’s marathon final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue on the Gold Coast on April 15, 2018 Credit: AFP

Following the successful completion of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, focus returns to domestic action with the 8th national track and field trials at Mandela National stadium, Namboole this Saturday.

These trials are organized by the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), targeting athletes to qualify for four remaining major international competitions slated for this year.

According to the publicity secretary of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), Namayo Mawerere, these trials are in preparation for six international events between April and October 2018.

These include the World Junior Championships in Finland in July, Africa Senior Championships in Nigeria in August.

The other events are World Mountain Running Championships in Andora, Africa Youth Championships in September while October will have the Youth Olympics.

The fully-packed weekend competition programme starts in the morning 9.00am to 4.00pm.

The 15 events to the held on the day include sprints (100m, 200m, 400m), middle and long distance (800m, 1500m, 3000mSC and 5000m) and field events (javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, long jump and triple jump).

The 23 Team Uganda athletes for the Commonwealth Games have to start afresh the long journey to qualify for the World Junior, Africa Senior Championships and other international events.

Uganda athletics team collected five medals from Common Wealth under the athletics docket.

Joshua Cheptegei won two gold medals in 5000M and 10,000M, Stella Chesang 5000M (gold), Solomon Mutai 42km (marathon) silver and Mercyline Chelengat 5000m bronze.

The sixth medal for team Uganda was a bronze in boxing.

Uganda was ranked 15th overall with only 43 countries getting medals.

This was one of Uganda’s best performances in an international sports event since 1970.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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