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World Champion Halimah Nakaayi in pursuit of Uganda’s First Ever Female Olympic Medal. | 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Uganda continues to look for its first and also female Olympic medal this Friday as Women’s World 800m Champion at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Halimah Nakaayi is set for action.

Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 800 metres final at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
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Halimah will be in Lane 4 of the Round 1 Heat 2 at 4:33 am EAT, she’s currently ranked world number 3 over the distance & recently broke her own National record to 1:58:03.Although Nakaayi finished 7th place at the Diamond league in Monaco, she set a new national record.

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On June 19, 2021, Nakaayi had posted a season-best time of 2:00:62 and finished second at the Lyonnais Meeting in France. Before that, she competed at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands on June 6, and posted a time of 2:2:52.

 

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Three middle distance runners Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo and Ronald Musagala qualified to represent Uganda at the Tokyo Olympics which rises the chance for the country’s first medal at the competitions.

 

Uganda has won a total of seven Olympic medals including 400m hurdles Gold for John Akii-Bua, Flyweight silver for Leo Rwabwogo at the 1972 Munich Games to mention but afew.

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Tokyo Olympics Gold medals stand at Japan, China and USA – 13. 7 for Russia and Australia, Great Britain 5 and South Korea 4.

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