Kampala University student Winnie Nanyondo led Uganda to an individual podium sweep and team dominance at the just ended 19th World University Cross Country championships at the Entebbe Golf Course on Saturday.
The Kampala University Industrial Art and Design student, who won the Africa University Cross Country Championship on the same course last December, predicted she would get gold in the women’s 6km race and she did in grand style.
After running on teammate Dorcus Ajok’s shoulders for the opening two laps, Winnie Nanyondo pounced to comfortably stride home in 20:33.77.
Ajok secured the silver in 21:01.85 with compatriot Prim Twikirize digging deep in the last few metres to win the bronze medal in 21:06.14, thus securing the women’s team title for Uganda ahead of Japan and Canada.
‘I decided to control the pace today and was sure of winning. I never panicked even when the Kenyan tried to disorganize me.’ [Joshua Cheptegei]
In the men’s race, home favourite Joshua Cheptegei comfortably took the men’s 10km race, quickly burying the ghost of his seventh place at the Africa Cross-country Championships junior race in Kampala last weekend.
The Makerere University student crossed the finishing line in 31:06.71 minutes to land Uganda its second gold ahead of Kenyans Daniel Muindi (31:12.79) and Mark Lokwanamoi (32:33.26).
“At Kololo, my teammates made a big mistake of starting with a very high pace which they couldn’t sustain,” said Cheptegei after the race. “I decided to control the pace today and was sure of winning. I never panicked even when the Kenyan tried to disorganize me.”
Kenya took the men’s team gold ahead of Uganda with 9 points and Uganda became only the second African country to host the World University Cross Country championships after Algeria in 2006.
- Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 31:06.71
- Daniel Muindi (KEN) 31:12.79
- Mark Lokwanamoi (KEN) 32:33.26
- Winnie Nanyondo (UGA) 20:33.77
- Dorcus Ajok (UGA) 21:01.85
- Prim Twikirize (UGA) 21:06.14
- Ayumi Uehara (JPN) 21:16.97
- Fayuka Kimuna (JPN) 21:22.33
- Natsumi Ozawa (JPN) 21:30.63
- Julie-Anne Staehli (CAN) 21:31.34
- Sheila Kandie (KEN) 21:39.15
- Thembi Lucia Baloyi (RSA) 21:43.40
- Annet Chebet (UGA) 21:43.50
- Kenya 9pts
- Uganda 18pts
- Japan 31pts
- Uganda 6pts
- Japan 15pts
- Canada 38pts
- South Africa 48pts
- Italy 51pts
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