Kevin Shida Leni (2398) powers to the 400M finish line at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
  • Event: 5th Uganda Athletics Federation Trials
  • Date: Saturday, 11th May 2019
  • Venue: Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

The World Athletics Championship qualification period for Ugandan athletes enters the third month with the 5th Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) trials due at Mandela Stadium, Namboole on May 11, 2019.

According to the UAF publicity secretary, Namayo Mawerere, he anticipates a very competitive event.


UAF has not yet registered qualifiers on track and field this season owing to the diversion to the World Cross Country Championships and international Road races which have produced desirable performances and eleven (16) qualifiers to the Doha World Championships.

Namayo Mawerere, Uganda Athletics Federation publicity secretary

Now that the focus has shifted to the World Championships, the majority of athletes have also gradually changed to serious track preparations.

The 2019 World Championships in Qatar, will be held between September 27 and October 6, 2019 and the Ugandan athletes know what times and distances  they will be shooting for.

The last trial hosted on April 13 in Namboole had impressive  performances registered in 400m when Shida Leni reduced her own National Record from 52.12 sec to 52.00 sec for the fifth time in a row. She has earlier broken the National Record, on 4 occasions last year at the same venue.

 The federation therefore expect great improvement  in performances  that inch closer to the required Doha  standards in track and field during the weekend 5th Trial  and subsequent national competitions.

The IAAF qualification window for all track and field events is set for September 6, 2019.

The World Championships qualifiers tentative 2019 season list has the 10,000m (World Cross Country) king Joshua Cheptegei who finished among the top 15 in Aarhus World Cross Country covered by the qualification system.

Others are; Rachael Zena Chebet, Peruth Chemutai,  Juliet Chekwel, Esther Chebet,  men –  Jacob Kiplimo, Thomas Ayeko, Joel Ayeko and Albert Chemutai.

Marathon (42km)

Stephen Kiprotich, Robert Chemonges, Jackson Kiprop, Fred Musobo, Alex Chesakit, Solomon Mutai and Felix Chemonges .

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