Entebbe - Uganda
The 1st Africa University Cross Country Championship has successfully ended this 1st December 2013 at the Entebbe Golf Course in Uganda, attracting 24 Universities from 12 countries of Africa which include DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Results Individual category
Ronald Musagala (Kampala University - Uganda) 31:22.2
Bezabh Belay (Addis Ababa University - Ethiopia) 31:33.8
Joshua Cheptegei (Bugema University - Uganda) 32:26.2
Winnie Nanyondo (Kampala University - Uganda) 21:29.7
Dorcus Ajok (Ndejje University - Uganda) 21:44.7
Annet Chebet (Ndejje University - Uganda) 21:54.7
Kampala University - Uganda 16 pts
Makerere University - Uganda 55 pts
Uganda Christian University - Uganda 80pts
Ndejje University – Uganda 9pts
Tshwane University – Republic of South Africa 22pts
Kampala University – Uganda 25pts
RONALD Musagala beat Ethiopia’s Bezabh Belay Addis Ababa University - Ethiopia to win the 1st Africa University Cross Country championships and also lead Uganda’s Kampala University to the team event gold medal at the event that took place at Entebbe Golf Course on Sunday 1st December 2013. Winnie Nanyondo won the women’s event but a 2-3-4 finish from Ndejje University’s (Uganda) Dorcus Ajok, Annet Chebet and Prim Twikirize, saw them deny Kampala University a clean sweep of gold medals in both the individual and team events in an exciting race held on a challenging course.
Musagala put up a good run and by the 3Km mark, he was in control of the race with Belay and Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei from Bugema University dictating the pace. It all looked like he was just setting the pace for Belay, who looked confident and keeping a two meter gap just behind them in the 10.5km race but when they reached the 9.5km mark, Musagala sped off and he never looked behind as he strolled to victory in a time of 31 minutes 22.2 seconds, with Belay coming home over ten seconds after.
“It was a challenging course but I have been working on my endurance which has helped me a lot in this race,” said Musagala, who is a World Athletics Senior Championship 800m semi-finalist.
“It was too hot and the course was challenging,” Belay said.
It was a good result for Kampala University as Nannyondo also held on despite tough competition from Ndejje University (Uganda) and Tswane University’s (RSA) Thembi Baloyi to win. It was always going to be close but her decision to sprint earlier than planned was enough to give her a huge gap of over 15 seconds as the middle distance runners also dominated the women event. Nannyondo and Ajok are 800m and 1500m runners.
The National University Sports Federation of Uganda also used the event to gauge their readiness for the World University Cross Country Championships which Uganda is set to host in March next year.
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