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Olympics: Shida Leni Wants To Improve 400m National Record In Tokyo

Uganda’s sprinter Shida Leni has set her target after officially confirming a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Leni qualified for the Tokyo games through Ranking after doing a number of races in Europe to garner the needed qualification points.

“I am going to the Olympics in Tokyo,” Shida Leni wrote on her instagram.

“My dream has always been to be an Olympian, and as a sprinter from Uganda that was always a difficult dream to accomplish.”

Shida Leni iwll be raising the Uganda flag in Tokyo. Courtesy

She will be the only sprinter in Tokyo on Team Uganda, and the first lady sprinter since 2008 where Uganda took Justine Bayigga.

She had people to thank for her achievement: “Thank you to Phoenix foundation who supported me to allow me go to Europe to secure my place. Thank you to my coaches for everything and thank you to Uganda Federation for accepting the invitation.”

Leni is Uganda’s 400m National women record holder – She posted 51.47 in July 2019 to better the record for the sixth time!

“I am working hard now (training on grass because of Covid) to be in shape to set a new national record in Tokyo,” she added.

In Tokyo, Leni is set to rub shoulders with an elite class in the 400m field including defending champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas and an iconic Alyson Felix (United States).


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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