Kampala/Tokyo – Uganda’s middle-distance runner Winnie Nanyondo has stormed the semifinals of the women’s 1500m race at the Olympics in Tokyo.
Nanyondo, 27, finished in second position this morning posting 4:02:24 behind defending champion Faith Kipyegon from Kenya who crossed the line in 4:01:40.
Australia’s Linden Hall came third in the race with 4:02:27. Nanyondo who spent most of the time defending the inside lane, ran almost all laps among the first five athletes before she outsprinted all her closest competitors in the last lap.
She, however, could not find Kipyegon who had gone a distance. Nanyondo qualified automatically for the semifinals. She did not need her time of 4:00.84, which she posted at the Diamond League meet in Florence Italy to storm the semifinals.
Her personal best still stands at 3:59.56, which she set in 2019 at the Rabat Diamond League. The Commonwealth bronze medalist is one of the few Ugandan athletes who qualified for a double in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
On Saturday, together with her counterpart Halima Nakaayi failed to qualify for the final 800m race. Nanyondo finished fifth in her heat while Nakaayi finished last in her heat.