In Summary
  • Musagala set his current personal best when he came second in the three-and-a-half-lap race two years ago, thereby erasing the previous NR of 3:35.68 set by 1994 World Junior champion Julius Achon on July 13, 1997 in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Seeking to join Musagala for London is Jacob Araptany over the 3000m steeplechase race alongside new revelation Abel Sikowo.

KAMPALA.
For the third successive time, Ronald Musagala will don a Uganda’s bib at the World Athletics Championships.
The middle-distance runner booked his ticket for the London event due August 4-13 after a second-place finish in the 1500m race at the Marseille Meet in France on June 3.

His time of 3:35.38 behind Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider was well under the London qualification standard of 3:36.00. With that burden put away, Musagala now wants to break the national record (NR) again on his return to the IAAF World Challenge Meet in Hengelo, Netherlands today.

“After three races in Europe, Musagala managed to qualify for London,” his manager Jurrie van der Velden told Sunday Monitor. “So in Hengelo, maybe he can lower the NR again as he’s gained momentum.”

The Hengelo track is a fast one where four Ugandan records have been set in the recent past.

Musagala set his current personal best when he came second in the three-and-a-half-lap race two years ago, thereby erasing the previous NR of 3:35.68 set by 1994 World Junior champion Julius Achon on July 13, 1997 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Seeking to join Musagala for London is Jacob Araptany over the 3000m steeplechase race alongside new revelation Abel Sikowo.
Sixth at the 2011 Daegu Worlds, Araptany would like to bury the bad memory when slid under the barrier, his chin taking a knockout blow from the barrier in Rio Olympics final of the water-jump race.

Moses Kurong will line-up in the 10000m race, seeking to run under 27:45.00 to qualify for his maiden Worlds. Esther Chebet will do the 1500m.

IAAF WORLD CHALLENGE MEET - HENGELO UGANDANS IN ACTION
Ronald Musagala (1500m),
Jacob Araptany & Abel Sikowo (3000m Steeplechase),
Moses Kurong (10000m)

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