Uganda: Juliet Chekwel, Immacula Chemutai
Event: Women’s Marathon
Date: Saturday, August 7
Time: 12am (midnight, Uganda night)
TV: Sanyuka tv
Ugandan duo of Juliet Chekwel and Immaculate Chemutai will be among the 88 women to take part at the Marathon at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics games.
The Marathon, earlier scheduled to start at 1AM tonight, has been pushed an hour earlier due to hot weather conditions.
Chekwel and Chemutai are not among the favourites going into the race that is expected to be dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians.
Chekwel will be making her second appearance at the Olympics since her debut in Rio 2016.
In Rio, she entered for 5000m and 10,000m – She bundled out in the heats of 5000m and failed to finish in the 10,000m final.
She qualified to this year’s extended Olympics when she clocked 2:13:13 to claim victory in Seville in February last year.
Chemutai on the other hand, goes with a time of 2:21:09 to Tokyo as her personal best.
Uganda has not registered any success during the Women’s Marathon at the Olympics.
Jane Suuto was 93rd at the London 2012 while Adero Nyakisi came 68th at the Rio 2016.
The Kenyan trio of World record-holder Brigid Kosgei, two-time world half marathon champions Peres Jepchirchir and World Champion Ruth Chengetich are the top favourites.
Ethiopia’s team of Birhane Dibaba, Roza Dereje and Zeineba Yimer lead the pack that can stop Kenya from making a clean sweep.
Hosts Japan, who won the title in 2000 and 2004, will be represented by Mao Ichiyama and Mizuki Matsuda.
Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) took gold in Rio ahead of Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia).
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