By Simon Abaho
It was a triple joy for Uganda as three of its representatives qualified for the Men’s 5000m finals in the ongoing 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo.
Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo came fourth and fifth respectively in heat two after clocking 13:30.40 and 13:30.61 in the race won by Spain’s Muhammad Katir on Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier, another Uganda, Oscar Chelimo had also qualified for the 5000m finals despite coming fourth in the race won by Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli.
Fourth-placed Chelimo posted a time of 13:39:07 against Kimeli’s 13:38:87 in heat one race.
This means the three Ugandan athletes have qualified for the 5000m finals scheduled for Friday at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, the Japanese capital.
In the Morning of Tuesday Middle distance runner Ronald Musagala and sprinter Shida Leni were the latest Ugandans to bow out of the games after falling short in the Men’s 1500m and Women’s 400m respectively.
Musagala could not finish his semifinal heat as he was taken off the field on a wheelchair after sustaining an injury.
For, she Leni posted a time of 52:46 to finish 6th in heat three.
Sixth place was not good enough to reach the semis as only the first three in each heat and the next six fastest (in all heats) progressed further.
Musagala and Leni join an ever-increasing list of Ugandans who have been eliminated from the games. Kirabo Namutebi, Kathleen Noble Grace, Catherine Nanziri, David Ssemujju, Shadir Musa Bwogi, Ambala Atuhaire, Albert Chemutai, Sarah Chelenget, Esther Chebet, Prisca Chesang, Winnie Nanyondo and Halima Nakaayi have already packed their bags.
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