Eyes On Chekwel In 10,000m Olympic Final

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Ugandas fourth athlete will take to the field today in the 10,000m womens final at the on-going Olympic Games in Brazil.

Uganda's fourth athlete will take to the field today in the 10,000m women's final at the on-going 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

After qualifying for the Games during Italy's Ribeira Club Championship in May, Juliet Phyllis Chekwel will face her biggest test today in an Olympic Games debut.

"We are confident that Chekwel will put up a good show because she has been one of fast improving athletes in the country," Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) President, Dominic Otuchet told URN online from Brazil last night.

Chekwel who has a personal best time of 31:37:99 will face stiff competition from the likes of Ethiopia's Gelete Burka (30:28:47), Kenya's Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyoi who has a personal time of 30:30:44 and England's Joanne Pavey (30:53:20).

On Thursday a third Uganda athlete failed to make it to the next stage in the 50m freestyle swimming heats. The 19-year old Joshua Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa finished sixth in a race won by Tanzania's Hilal Hemed.

The swimmer now joins other athletes who have bowed out of the Games like Kennedy Katende, and Jamila Lunkuse.

Meanwhile, Namibia's boxer Joanas Junius who was arrested last weekend for alleged  sexual assault was released on Thursday afternoon and later lost a middle weight preliminary fight to France's Hassan Amzile 3-0.

Morocco's boxer Hassan Saada who was also arrested last week for alleged sexual assault was also released but did not take part as he did not wight in. Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada although the two boxers where released from police custody it does not mean the legal process is over.