18 Qualify For IAAF World Championships

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Eighteen athletes have qualified for the 2017 IAAF World Championships to take place August 4-13 in London.

Eighteen athletes have qualified for the 2017 IAAF World Championships to take place August 4-13 in London.

Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN on Wednesday  that although 18 have so far qualified, they expect more athletes to make the grade.

"This will be the biggest number of athletes that Uganda sends to the World Championship. We had 17 represent the country at the Olympic Games in Brazil," added Otuchet.

Former marathon Olympic gold medalist and World champion Stephen Kiprotich together with youngster Jacob Kiplimo who won gold in the 2017 Cross Country Championship held in Uganda will be the star athletes for the Ugandan team.

Otuchet said that they are busy looking around for funds that will cater for the logistical aspects for the team and the allowances since the IAAF pays for all the travel expenses for athletes who qualify.

Robert Chemonges who won the Dusseldorf Marathon in Germany in May this year and will  make the team said he is in the best form of his life and should return with a medal.

"I started this season very well and my training is perfect ahead of the Championship. I have a big chance of winning a medal at the World Championship," he added. Uganda's team so far has 12 male and six female athletes including Peruth Chemutai, Adero Nyakisi and Stella Chesang.

The 2017 IAAF World Championships will be the 16th edition and will take place at the Olympic Stadium. London was officially awarded the Championships by the IAAF in 2011. The Championship will also be the last for sprinter Usain Bolt and distance runner Mo Farah.