Athletics: 800m Women (Heats)
Date: Friday, July 30
Heat 1 – Winnie Nanyondo (4:25am Ug time)
Heat 2 – Halimah Nakaayi (4:33am Ug time)
Venue: Tokyo Olympics Stadium
TV: Sanyuka tv
Uganda’s middle distance runners Winnie Nanyondo and Halimah Nakaayi will be on track on Friday in the 800m Women heats at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
The duo are still remembered for their culture (kiganda) dance at the 2019 Doha World championships just after Nakaayi had shockingly won gold while Nanyondo came fourth in an epic race.
First, competing in different Heats, the two friends will be going for a place in the semis.
The top three in each heat and the six fastest in all the six heats will advance to the Semifinals.
Both Nakaayi and Nanyondo will fancy their chances for a place in the semis after avoiding favourites Cuba’s Rose Mary Almaza, US trialist champion Athing Mu and Jemma Reekie of Great Britain in their respective heats.
Nanyondo, whose best time this year is 2:00.95, may need to run below two minutes to have a chance for a place in the semis.
She clocked 2:01.76 at the Qatar Diamond League this year.
Her biggesr challenger in Heat one will be Ethiopian Werkwuha Getachew who set a national record of 1:56.67 and France’s Renelle Lamote.
For Nakaayi, despite her favourite tag, she has her work cut out in heat two that has Jamaica’s Goule Natoya who has ran four World Championships under her belt and recently clocked 1:56.42 in Stockholm this year.
Nakaayi posted her personal best of 1:58.03 in Monaco and will be hoping to better that time in Tokyo.
Uganda’s Friday Schedule:
*3000m men steeplechase
Heat 1 at 3:30am
Heat 1 at 4:25am
Heat 2 at 4:33am
Heat 1 at 1:00pm
Heat 2 at 1:26pm
*Women’s 50m freestyle
Heat 6 at 1:34pm
*10000m men Final at 2:30pm