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Chekwel Breaks National Record As Uganda’s Women Team Comes Short

Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel smashed the National Record at the 2020 World Half Marathon on Sunday in Gdynia, Poland.

Chekwel finished 14th, clocking 1:08:44, to set the best time any Uganda athlete has ever recorded in a Half Marathon event.

She erases the previous National Record previously held by Adero Nyakisi on November 16, 2008 in Bolougne France when she set a time of 1:11:06.

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirhir won what will go down in history as the fastest event, winning her gold in 1:05:16 to set a women-only World Record.

Germany’s Melat Yisak Kejeta, broke the European women-only record to take silver in 1:05:18.

Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw settled for a third place with 1:05:19.

Uganda’s other athletes, Doreen Chemutai came 17th with a personal best of 1:10:18, Doreen Chesang finished 30th with her own personal best as well of 1:11:04 while Rachael Zena Chebet was 57th with a time of 1:12:50.

Uganda, however, misses out on a team medal despite being inside the bracket for the largest part of the race. It would have been Uganda’s ever women team medal at the World Half Marathon.

The first three finishers from each country count towards the aggregate team time.

Consequently, Ethiopia defends their gold in the team event, which they also won in 2018 with a time while with a quickest cumulative time of 3:16:39.

Kenya took team silver with 3:18:10 while Germany settled for bronze with 3:28:42. Uganda is fourth with a time of 3:30:06.

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