Uganda Returns Empty-Handed From World Cross Country Meet

Kiprotich after crossing the finish line to claim his gold medal at last year's London Olympics. Ugandans are eagerly praying for a repeat in Moscow

By Michael Mugote

Uganda only managed 12th position out of 65 countries that competed in the 40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland over the weekend. The event that was held in freezing Polish weather  condition that went as low as 6 degrees saw a total number of 432 athletes vying in four different categories.

Out of the total number  of 18 athleted,but the pearl of Africa representatives were more of  tourists. Kenya dominated the event with 5gold medals, 3silvers and a brose, Ethiopia were in second positioned with 3golds, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals whereas United States came 3rd with one silver. Bahrain, Eritrea, Great Britain and Morocco were the only other  countries that claimed for at least a bronze medal.

Kenya’s Japhet Kipyegon Korir, recorded 32:45 timing in the men seniors’ category where he defeated defending champion, Imane Merga. Uganda’s representative in this category, Moses Kipsiro, finished 5th recording 33:08 time.

Uganda was 10th, and 5th in the women and men’s overall table rating of the event whose out 65 competing countries saw only 7 with medals.


Rank Nation          Gold    Silver     Bronze   Total

1 Kenya                  5            3           1           9

2 Ethiopia               3           4           3           10

3 United States       0            1           0           1

4 Bahrain               0             0           1           1

5 Eritrea                 0             0           1           1

6 Great Britain       0             0           1           1

7 Morocco              0             0           1           1


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