Uganda’s sprints sensational, Leni Shida is back on the national scene with a bang after putting up an impressive show at the weekend 4th National Track and Field Competition at Mandela Stadium, Namboole (March 27, 2021).
Shida who made her first appearance one year and two months after the Covid 19 sports lockdown, announced her intention to book her place to Tokyo Olympics Games due in July 2021.
The weekend trial is one of the seven national competitions earmarked for Ugandan athletes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and Africa Senior Championships due this year.
Racing in class of her own, the National Record holder posted 52.7 seconds (within reach of Olympic qualification) to comfortably win the 400m against contender and teammate Jacent Nyamahunge of Police who crossed the finish line with 55.6 and third finisher Nabirye Nasiba from UWA in 56.0
Shida after winning the race disclosed plans to secure races abroad to prepare for Tokyo Olympics having hit the qualification standard and National Record in 2019.
“My ultimate target is to make it to the Olympics. It is a big task but I’m confident,” Leni said adding that the Africa Senior Championships are also on her plans.
However, to do so, she must improve her 400m National Record (51.47 sec) by just 0.12 sec, which is equivalent to around 90cms, in order to achieve the Olympic qualifying time of 51.35 sec.
She said she will also continue featuring in national competitions to prove her earlier top performance wasn’t a fluke. She is currently ranked 29the in the world by World Athletics (WA).
In the other highlights of the day, Osuje Emmanuel (Police) Put up a spirited battle to win the 800m in 1:50.32. Aciro Knight (Prisons) was also spot on in 1500m posting 4:16.97 and so was South Sudanese Koon Wol Yach Majok 3:44.56 in same race.
Another Policeman Boshi Silas was another runner who put up a thrilling 10,000m performance of 29:21.3 against a strong field of contenders Kurong Moses Martin (Police) 29:22.6 and
Rotich Maxwel (Arua) 29:24.0.
1. Apio Agnes ( Prisons) 12.27
2. Acen Rosemary (Tuku) 12.67
3. Gamba Mildred (TBAC) 12.71
1. NyamahungeJacent (Police) 24.12
2. Banura Moureen (Police) 24.92
3. Apio Agnes (Prisons) 25.15
1. Shida Leni (Police) 52.7
2. NyamahungeJacent (Police) 55.6
3. Nabirye Nasiba (UWA) 56.0
1. Chemutai Febia (Police) 2:19.8 2.
2. Hikima Georgina (KabalePacers) 2:34.1
3. Kajumba Margaret (Nalinya Lwantale Girls ) 2:43.2
1. Aciru Knight (Prisons) 4:16.97
2. Chemusto Janat (Police) 4:29.90
3 Chemusto Keren (Tuku) 4:48.52
1.Chesang Prisca (UWA) 15:46.72
2. Ajok Docus (Prisons) 16:35.16
3. Cheptegei Rebecca (UPDF) 17:01.24
1. Lalam Josephine Joyce (Police) 49.51
2. Anek Winny (Ndejje) 37.59
3. Mirembe Peace (Airforce) 34.73
1.Aber Caroline (Prisons) 33.68
2. Aciro Rosemary (Prisons) 32.44
3 Acayo Vivian (Ndejje) 27.88
1 .Lakot Scovia (Prisons) 5.57
2. Acan Linda (Police) 5.38
3. Adong Domidy (Tuku) 5.12
1. Isabirye Musa (Prisons) 10.93
2. Aboda Emmanuel (Prisons) 11.01
3. Ojok Justine (Ndejje) 11.08
1. Jagalo Joshua (Police) 22.03
2. Deng Thiel (South Sudan) 22.06
3. Mayen Francis Kuol (South Sudan) 22.76
1. Opio Denis (UWA) 48.3
2. Deng Thiel (South Sudan) 48.8
3. Erimu Kokas (Prisons) 49.0
1.Osuje Emmanuel (Police) 1:50.32
2. Opiny Leonard (UWA) 1:50.78
3. Ogwok Daniel (Prisons) 1:53.83
1. Koon Wol Yach Majok (SouthSudan) 3:44.56
2. Wabutwa Farid (UWA) 3:44.88
3. Otim Emmanuel (Makerere) 3:47.76
1. Boshi Silas (Police) 29:21.3
2. Kurong Moses Martin (Police) 29:22.6
3. Rotich Maxwel (Arua) 29:24.0
1. Mwaka Johnson (Prisons) 60.12
2. Oceng Moses (Prisons) 57.75
3. Nyekolobo Gilbert (UPDF) 41.38
1. Opiyo Oscar (Prisons) 36.26
2. Odong Martin (Prisons) 36.06
3. Okello Rober (tPrisons) 34.98
1. Odongo Denish (UPDF) 6.93
2. Okello Charles (Prisons) 6.91
3. Komakech Moses (Prisons) 6.80