Doha – Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda won the women’s 800m at the world championships on Monday, producing a sprint finish to claim the throne left vacant by the absent South African Caster Semenya.
Nakaayi, 24, timed her race to perfection moving onto the shoulder of leader Ajee Wilson of the United States on the bend before kicking for home down the stretch.
Nakaayi took gold in 1min 58.04sec, with the fast-finishing Raevyn Rogers of the United States taking silver in 1:58.18, Wilson settling for bronze in 1:58.84 and fellow Ugandan colleague Winnie Nanyondo coming in at 4th in 1:59.18.
This is the second World Championship athletics medal by a Ugandan woman, the first having been Dorcus Inzikuru’s gold in the 3000m steeplechase in 2005 in Helsinki.
Uganda’s other gold medal favourite Joshua Cheptegei will run the 10,000m final on October 6, a day after Stephen Kiprotich in the marathon.
Uganda has participated in IAAF World championships in Athletics since 1985 and won 2 Gold medals by Dorcus Inzikuru Helsinki 2005 and Stephen Kiprotich Moscow 2013; 2 Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017, and Bronzes by Solomon Mutai in Beijing and Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007.