Athletics Body Happy as Inzikuru Makes It to London Olympics

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Senior members of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) are delighted star athlete Dorcus Inzikuru will be part of Team Uganda at the 2012 London Olympics.

Senior members of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) are delighted star athlete Dorcus Inzikuru will be part of Team Uganda at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Arua-based athlete, who has tried in the past three years to qualify for a world event but failed, finally made it on Friday night in a 3000m race in the Group A category at the 6th Edition of the International Athletics Bottrop Gala in Germany.

She recorded a time of 9 minutes 30.95 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Almaz Ayana.
 
UAF Chairman Dominic Otuchet described Inzikuru’s qualification as great news saying they always believed she would join the Ugandan team again. Otuchet said it is always good to have a very experienced athlete like Inzikuru on the team.
 
The former world and Commonwealth Steeplechase champion will be more than eager to win a gold medal like she did at the Helsinki 2007 World championships and 2008 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. However, she will have to be at her best to beat seasoned athletes who have been consistent over the years.
 
She has not been competitive in the last four years after putting her career on hold to concentrate on her family life.

Former national athlete and now UAF general secretary, Beatrice Ayikoru, said Inzikuru’s qualification had proved that concentration and being strong-headed is important. Ayikoru said many people thought Inzikuru never had the chance, but that she believed in the athlete and always told her to forget the tough times she has been going through.

After becoming a mother four years ago and having marital problems, Inzikuru has struggled to bounce back on the track, but always grabbed headlines in the media for the wrong reasons including having no money for transport.

Inzikuru’s qualification brings the number of athletes to the 2012 London Olympics to 16 with the track and field having the biggest contingent of 12.

The team now has Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (5,000m, 10,000m), Annet Negesa (800m), Benjamin Kiplagat (3,000m steeplechase), Janet Achola (1,500m), and Jane Suuto (Marathon). The others are Stephen Kiprotich (Marathon), Jacob Araptany (3000m steeplechase), Geoffrey Kusuro (5,000m), Abraham Kiplimo (5,000m), Julius Mutekanga (800m), Thomas Ayeko (10,000m) and Dorcus Inzikuru (3,000m)

Jamila Lunkuse (Women) and Ganzi Mugula (Men) will represent the country in swimming.

Weightlifter Charles Ssekyaya and badminton player Edwin Ekiring complete the team.