Uganda Sarah Chelangat wins the cross-country race at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Uganda is now emerging as sports superpower behind giants Kenyans and Ethiopians thanks to her athletes from Kapchorwa district bordering Kenya who have taken the world by storm.

Although beating Kenya and Ethiopia may be a tall order, Ugandans are slowly building a strong foundation in long distance running.

It all started with Boniface Kiprop battles with Eliud Kipchoge some 15 years ago.

Then emerged Moses Kipsiro, the double Champion in Commonwealth Games who destroyed Kenyans over 5k and 10 K on the track.

Before too long, Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic Marathon from 2012 London Olympics had appeared in the scene destroying the Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsand Kiprotich.

That was the beginning of good things for Uganda. After Kiprotich, excitement greeted Kapchorwa region in Eastern Uganda and many youths took up athletics seriously with some crossing to Kenya for training.

Jacob Kiplimo took over from Moses Kipsiro and obliterated a strong field during the World Cross country Championships in 2017 to win the under 20 gold becoming one of the youngest champion.

Meanwhile Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei was undergoing intensive training for the London World Championships where he took silver behind Mo Farah of Britain and in the process beating a strong Kenya brigade led by Geoffrey Kamworor,Bedan Karoki and Paul Tanui, Kenya’s finest over 10 KM.

Their ladies are not sleeping either,during the Commonwealth Championships in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018, Stella Chesang beat Kenya’s Stacy Ndiwa and her teammate Mercyline Chelangat got bronze.

Their finest moments of glory came in Aarhus Denmark World Cross country Championships when they bagged 6 medals, their biggest haul in their country’s sporting history.

I can say Ugandans have started serious running proper and other nations particularly Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya B, C and D should be prepared for a bruising battles in the next decade.


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