Musagala 28, pulled off in the last lap after picking up a muscle injury and failed to progress to the semi-finals of the race.
Uganda’s only middle distance runner on Tuesday failed to complete the first
round of the 1500m race at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo after picking up a
Musagala 28, pulled off in the last lap after picking up a muscle injury and
failed to progress to the semi-finals of the race. His heat was won by Great
Britain’s Jake Heyward who crossed the finishing line at 3:36:14 while
Ethiopia’s Teddese Lemi finished second in 3:36:26.
This is a big blow to the medal hopeful who went to the race ranked number four
in the world with a personal best of 3:30.58 that he clocked in 2019. He joins
Halima Nakaayi who also lost in the semi-finals of the 800m race.
Uganda’s only chance in the middle distance races lies in Winnie Nanyondo who
advanced to the semi-finals of the race on Monday. Uganda had qualified only
three middle-distance runners, Halima Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo and Ronald
Musagala was making a return to the summer games, in the last edition of the
events in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, he finished 11th in the finals where he
Meanwhile, Uganda’s only sprinter at the Tokyo 2020 summer games, Shida Leni
also failed to progress to the semi-finals of the 400m race. Leni finished 6th
in heat 3 posting 52.48. The heat was won by United States Star sprinter Allyson Michelle
Felix who crossed the finishing line in 50.84
According to the format of the competition, the first three finishers of each
heat plus the next six fastest times qualify to the semi-finals, Leni was
unlucky to be part of either group.
Leni 27 who was making her maiden appearance in the summer games, failed to
beat the Olympic qualifying mark of 51.35 seconds over the 400m distance, however,
she qualified by her global ranking over the one-lap distance by World
She becomes the first Ugandan to compete over the sprints at the
Olympics since Justine Bayigga featured at the 2008 Beijing events.