Chekwel to open Uganda’s account on the Rio track at 5pm

first_img GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles MedalNameGamesSportEvent Share on: WhatsApp  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweightcenter_img Sunday August 14Women’s marathon final 3.30pmNyakisi AderoMonday August 15 Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1 – 4.25pmBenjamin Kiplagat and Jacob Araptany***Women 3000m Steeplechase final 5.15pmTuesday August 16 Women’s 5000m round 1 – 3.30pmJuliet Chekwel and Stella ChesangMen’s 1500m round 1 – 4-30pmRonald MusagalaWed August 17 Men’s 5000m round 1 – 4.05pmJacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiWomen’s 800m round 1 – 4.55pmHalimah Nakaayi and Winnie NanyondoMen’s Steeplechase finalThursday August 18 Men’s 1500m semifinalWomen 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m final 3.30pmJacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiSunday August 21 Men’s Marathon final 3.30pmSolomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich Rest of team Uganda’s ScheduleFriday August 12Athletics 5pmJuliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final Saturday August 13Boxing 11.45pmMen’s flyweight  Round of 32Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)Saturday August 13Athletics 4pmWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1Peruth Chemutai10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon TodayAthletics 5pmJuliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final Saturday August 13Boxing 11.45pmMen’s flyweight  Round of 32Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)Saturday August 13Athletics 4pmWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1Peruth Chemutai10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiJuliet Chekwel will open Uganda’s account on the track today, with her performance key to setting the tone for 16 of her colleagues.At 26, Chekwel can be considered one of the seniors in a team that also has a 15-year-old Jacob Kiplimo, a 17 year old Peruth Chemutai and a 19-year-old Joshua CheptegeiShe owns the national record, having set 32:57.02 at the World Championships  in Moscow 2013 in finishing 16th,   32:20.95 at the World Championships in Beijing in 17th and 31:37.99 in April.Looking at the field, dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians with the best times of the year, Chekwel will have to run better than she has run before – that is lower than 31 minutes tonight to fight for a medal. Favourite for the race is Ethiopian Almaz Ayana who has a best time this year of 30:07.00.Chekwel becomes the 4th Ugandan in action in Rio, with light-heavy weight boxer Kennedy Katende and swimmers Jamila Lunkuse and Joshua Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa failing to go past the first hurdle.Uganda sent a team of 2 swimmers, 2 boxers and 17 athletes. It is the track athletes who have Uganda’s best hopes of a medal.No Ugandan woman has won an Olympic medal before.List of medalists  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweightlast_img

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