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Nakaayi Back on Top with 800M World Lead in Val De Reuil :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nakaayi Back on Top with 800M World Lead in Val De Reuil

The middle distances sensation yesterday ran a world seasonal lead of 1:59.55 to beat all her competitors and win the women’s 800m, at the Meeting de l’Eure – a World Athletics Indoor Tour event – in Val-de-Reuil, France, on Monday 14, 2022.
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Uganda’s middle distance star, Halima Nakaayi is steadily returning to her top form with  victory in a World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver event – in France.  

Having struggled to find her good form last year after suffering a knee problem in April. The world’s 800m champion was far below her best before and after the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

In the Olympic Games, Nakaayi never penetrated to the finals of the 800m after falling to Jamaica’s Natoya Goule who won her heat in 1:59:57 and Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie who came second in 1:59:77. In this race, Nakaayi came last running a time of 2:04.44. 

 

But, after a puzzling season, the 27 years old is slowly finding her feet, following a third successive victory over the 800m in the ongoing season. 

   

The middle distances sensation ran a world-leading indoor record of 1:59.55  to beat her competitors and win the women’s 800m, at the Meeting de l’Eure – a  World Athletics Indoor Tour event – in Val-de-Reuil, France, on Monday 14, 2022. 

 

For the first time, Nakaayi broke the two minutes’ barrier when she ran 1:59.55 in what was the sixth indoor race of her career. The 2019 world champion finished two seconds clear ahead of Ethiopia’s Tigist Girma who came a distant second in 2 minutes and 01.68 seconds.

 

Previously, she had improved her (Uganda record) indoor best to 2:01.42 when winning in Lievin a week ago, this time also helped her to qualify for the 2022 World Indoor championship due in March, in Belgrade. 

It was the third win in as many races for Nakaayi this season, with the 27-year-old also having triumphed at the World Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany last month. During this race, Nakaayi posted 2 minutes and 02: 08 seconds. 

Meanwhile, in the same race, Nakaayi’s compatriot, Winnie Nanyondo also came a distant third in 2 minutes 02:14 seconds. Just like Nakaayi, Nanyondo also struggled last season, in the Olympic Games.The Commonwealth bronze medalist Winnie Nanyondo finished fifth in her semifinal heat of the 800m. 

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