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U-20 World Championships: Prisca Chesang Finishes 4th in 3000m Finals

Chesang 18, entered the race, fresh from the Olympic games but her experience from the summer games did not help her to outsprint world-class juniors in the long-distance race.
Prisca Chesang missed a medal. Courtesy Picture
Uganda’s long-distance runner Prisca Chesang has finished fourth in the women’s 3000m finals at the U-20 world championship in Nairobi Kenya.  

Chesang 18, entered the race, fresh from the Olympic games but her experience from the summer games did not help her to outsprint world-class juniors in the long-distance race.

Chesang commanded a personal best time of 9 minutes and 03:44 seconds.

She raced behind Kenya’s Teresiah Muthoni Gateri who won the race in 8: 57:78 seconds while her compatriot Zenah Jemutai Yego came second in 8:59:59, Ethiopia’s Melknat Wudu came third in 9:00:12 which is also her personal best. 

The teenager will now wait for the 5000m finals that will be held on Sunday.

Meanwhile, before her race, middle distances runner Peter Maru qualified for the finals of 1500m after he finished 4th in heat one of the race, he posted 3:48.28 behind Kenya’s Vincent Kibet Keter who won the heat in 3 minutes and 42:35 seconds.  

Other athletes that competed today are Rodgers Kibet and Martin Kiprotich, the two finished 7th and 9th respectively in the men’s 5000m races. Kibet finished 7th posting 13:57:97 while Kiprotich finished 9th in 14:15:62. The race was won by Kenya’s Benson Kiplangat who commanded a personal best time of 13:20;37.

As it stands now, Uganda is yet to register any medal in the u20 world championship. 10 athletes are representing the county at the championship.   

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