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UAF Anticipates Better Performance at 2024 World Cross Country Championship

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Both Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei, winners in the senior men’s category at the past two editions, have been confirmed to lead the team for the 2024 edition. Otuchet anticipates an improved performance from the team.
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A contingent of 27 Ugandan athletes is scheduled to depart for Belgrade on Wednesday to compete in the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Belgrade 24, where 485 athletes are expected to participate. According to Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation, the Ugandan team has been in camp at Trinity Bible Institute under the guidance of Coach Benjamin Njia for nearly a month.   

Both Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei, winners in the senior men’s category at the past two editions, have been confirmed to lead the team for the 2024 edition. Otuchet anticipates an improved performance from the team. Kiplimo, in particular, is the reigning champion after securing gold at the last edition in Bathurst, Australia.   

He comfortably won the 10-kilometer race in 29:17.02 seconds, followed by Aragawi Bet from Ethiopia and compatriot Cheptegei, who secured bronze. “We expect to go for individual Gold and silver, we expect also a team gold, and for the senior women, this time the team is so stronger, we shall vie for individual medals and also a better team medal compared to last year’s bronze medal,” Otuchet told URN.

 

The team composition includes six athletes for the senior men's event, featuring Leonard Chemutai, Joshua Cheptegei, Dan Kibet, Hosea Kiplangat, defending champion Jacob Kiplimo, and Martin Magengo Kiprotich. The senior women's team comprises Rachael Zena Chebet, Loice Chekwemoi, Annet Chemengich Chelangat, Sarah Chelangat, Belinda Chemutai, and Joy Cheptoyek.   

In the U20 category, athletes such as Isella Chebet, Keziah Chebet, Vicky Chekwemboi, Charity Cherop, Nowel Cheruto, Dolphine Chelimo, Hosea Chemutai, Simba Samuel Cherop, Harbert Kibet, Titus Musau, and Sailas Rotich are expected to compete. Additionally, the mixed relay team includes Knight Aciru, Linda Chebet, Hosea Kiprop, and Sam Kapkerung Kiprotich.  

"The junior men are also strong and we expect them to vie for both individual and team medals. The other area where we have not won a medal is the mixed relay, we hope this time we shall improve from last year’s.” Otuchet added. Kenya emerged victorious in last year's mixed relay, finishing seven seconds ahead of Ethiopia. 

Uganda aims to make significant progress in this category as well. Otuchet also mentioned that some athletes are yet to secure visas, although specific names were not disclosed. However, he assured that the Federation is diligently working to ensure all athletes obtain the necessary travel documents well within the timeframe.

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