Docus Ajok claimed Uganda’s only medal at this year’s World University Games in South Korea after winning the 1500m race at the Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium yesterday.
Ajok clocked a season best time of 4:18.53 ahead of Canada’s Gabriela Stafford who finished in a time of 4:19.27 and Russia’s Kristina Ugarova 4:19.78 in what was the last day of action for the Ugandan contingent.
That was hardly the story though; Ajok only took part in the final following a special directive by organisers after the athlete skipped the first round.
This was caused by her involvement in the semifinal of the 800m event on Saturday.
Ajok had qualified for the 800m finals after finishing second. This made her appearance in the 1500m heats the following day difficult seeing how close they were to the 800m final.
“We had pulled her out of the 1500m race which was a few hours apart,” Peninah Kabenge, head of the local University games governing body and who is with the team in South Korea confirmed yesterday.
Ajok though was later disqualified from the 800m final for what is believed to have been stepping onto the line between lane one and two early in the semifinal race.
The Ugandan team was however only informed of the decision early yesterday, and since Ajok hadn’t taken part in the 1500m heat a directive from the organisers was needed for her to take part in the final.
Uganda sent a team of 35 athletes at the event that ends tomorrow.