Shida Breaks 400m National Record Twice

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Fast improving female athlete Shida Leni was in good form on Saturday to break the national 400m twice during the National Championships at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.



Fast improving female athlete Shida Leni was in good form on Saturday to break the national 400m twice during the National Championships at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.


In the morning of the first day of the National Track & Field Championships, in the 400m heats, she ran 52.40 sec, which broke the National Record of 52.47 sec she had set in a National Trial, on 24 February 2018.


Four hours later, she stunned watching athletes, spectators and journalists, with a startling 52.15 sec, to win the Final.


As the qualification time for the last IAAF World Championships was 52.20 sec, the implication is that she has a great chance of qualifying for the 2019 World Championships in Doha. However, she needs do this in the period beginning from October 2018, for it to count as a qualifying time.


Shida has been trained for the last 5 years by the husband and wife coaching team of Kevin and Sue O'Connor.


"It really surprised us that she went faster in the afternoon, as the fast 400m in the morning would have sapped some energy from her. But, the 52.15 sec, having already raced in the morning, means that both she and ourselves are confident that she can run a 400m in the 51 sec bracket," said Kevin O'Connor after the race.

The coach said the extremely important factor in Shida's improvement has been weight-training at the Espace Gym, in Silver Springs Hotel, Kampala.