Uganda’s long distance runner Mercyline Chelangat has booked a ticket to the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
Chelangat qualified to the Olympics after finishing 7th position when she posted 31:15.05 at the Continental Tour in Hengelo, Netherlands in the 10,000m.
Its a big achievement for Chelangant who will seek to prove her self at the biggest stage once more having won 10,000m bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
She competed at the 2017 World Championships and at the 2018 African Cross Country Championship in Algeria.
In Hengelo, Dutch long-distance runner Sifan Hassan broke the women’s 10,000m world record on Sunday, clocking 29 minutes 6.82 seconds.
Chelangat is the other Ugandan female athlete who will be running in the 10,000m at Olympics – The other is Rachael Zena Chebet.
Uganda will be sending their biggest contingent in the Olympic games for the first time since 1972.
There are 27 sportsmen who will be in Tokyo as the games go underway on July 23 to August 29.
The other additions from the initial 23 list include Jacob Kiplimo and two swimmers (swimming Federation were given two wild cards. The two slots will be occupied by Ambala Atuhaire and Adnan Kabuye (or Tendo Mukalazi and Kirabo Namutebi).
Lato Milk and Absa bank have vowed to provide support to all athletes that will represent Uganda at the games.
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