Less than an hour hour after Winnie Nanyondo had powered to the 1500m Women’s Olympic final on Wednesday afternoon, Peruth Chemutai clinched gold in the 3000m steeplechase race to become the Uganda’s first ever female Olympic champion.
Uganda who first pitted ladies at the 1964 games with the first medal won by a female coming at the Tokyo 2020 games.
Nanyondo boasts enviable global experience and of course will head into Friday’s 1500m motivated with Chemutai’s magnificent performance in the 3000m steeplechase final on Wednesday.
Although she is making her second Olympic games appearance, Nanyondo did not participate in the 1500m race on her maiden debut five years ago in Rio. She was only involved in the 800m.
At the 2020 Tokyo games, she doubled at the 800m and 1500m. Uganda’s middle distance runner however fall short in the Women’s 800m missing out on the slot in the final.
Nanyondo ranked 7th in the world stormed the final after finishing fourth in Heat 2 on Wednesday with a time of 4:01.64.
On Friday, she will line up against the World’s best including 5000m Olympic champion and favourite Sifan Hassan(Netherlands) who is eyeing to triple in Tokyo, reigning Olympic champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya) and Great Britain’s Laura Muir and
Nanyondo will be aiming to join a list of Ugandans to have excelled at an Olympic medal which comprises
•Eridadi Mukwanga- Silver (Boxing) 1968 games
•Leo Rwabwongo- Bronze (Boxing) 1968 games
•John Akii Bua – Gold (Athletics) 1972
•John Mugabi – Silver (Boxing) 1980
•Davis Kamoga – Bronze (Athletics)1996
•Stephen Kiprotich – Gold (Athletics) 2012
•Joshua Cheptegei- Silver (Athletics) 2020
•Jacob Kiplimo – Bronze (Athletics) 2020
•Peruth Chemutai – Gold (Athletics)2020