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Winnie Nanyondo

Who is Winnie Nanyondo? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, age, husband, family, tribe, relationship and career, the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2014 World University Cross Country Championships, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2013 Summer Universiade, and the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics, the early life and education of the Ugandan middle and long-distance female runner.

Winnie Nanyondo is a Ugandan middle and long-distance female runner. She is a Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist. 

Early life and Education

Winnie Nanyondo was born on August 23, 1993, in Mulago, Kampala District.

Winnie Nanyondo attended Pride Secondary School in Buyaga, where she earned both the Uganda Certificate of Education and the Uganda Advanced Education Certificate.

Following that, she enrolled at Kampala University (KU) to pursue her childhood dream course, Industrial Art and Design under Fashion, which had been offered to her.

The UWA Athletics Club sprinter began at Diploma level and hopes to become a running professor one day. Winnie received a track and field scholarship all the way from primary school level to university.

Career and Professional Work Experience

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She has represented her country in a number of major international competitions, including the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2014 World University Cross Country Championships, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2013 Summer Universiade, and the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics.

Winnie Nanyondo advanced to the final of the 800m at the 2012 World Junior Championships after running a personal best of 2:02.38 in her semi-final. Ajee’ Wilson of the United States won the final in a personal best time of 2:00.91, while Nanyondo finished last in 2:07.23.

Her 2:02.96 semi-final time at the 2013 Summer Universiade in the 800 metres was not fast enough to advance her to the final. Her time of 4:28.77 in the semi-finals of the 1500m also stopped her from qualifying for the finals. 

Uganda hosted the Universiade World Cross Country Championships in 2014. Nanyondo won in 30 seconds, leading the home team to a 1-2-3 sweep and the team championship.

Later in the year, she improved her track performance, breaking the 2:00.00 barrier in the 800m with a race-winning time of 1:59.27 at the Golden Spike Ostrava meet.

She improved her personal best in the 800 meters to 1:58.63 a little more than a month later at the Herculis meet in Monaco, finishing third behind second-place finisher and 2013 world champion Eunice Sum (1:57.92) and winner Ajee’ Wilson (1:57.67).

Winnie Nanyondo won a bronze medal in the 800m final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, with a time of 2:01.38, just behind Sum of Kenya and Lynsey Sharp of Scotland.

In 2015 and 2016, she ran slower than her personal best in the 800m, failing to break 2 minutes flat. On July 11, 2015, she finished third in a race in Kortrijk, Belgium, with a season-best time of 2:01.97. 

She did not advance past the first round of the 800m event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, finishing sixth in heat #5 in a time of 2:02.77.

She did, however, better her personal best at 1500 meters in Kawasaki, Japan on May 10, 2015, finishing in 4:17.13.

In 2017, Nanyondo finished in the 29th position in the 800 m World Championships race in London UK with a finishing time of 2:02.65.

On 19th August 2017, Winnie participated in the Kessel-Lo Meeting voor Mon event in the F1 race and finished in the fourth position in 54.80. The winner was Margaret Adeoye who finished first in 52.56.

In 2018 at the Common Wealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, Winnie Nanyondo finished in the 4th position in the 800 m race with a finishing time of 2:00.36 and in the 10th position in the 1500 m race with a finishing time of 4:06.05. 

In the 2018 African Championships at Asaba, Nigeria, she finished in the 5th position in both the 800 m and 1500 m races with finishing times of 1:59.41 and 4:16.55 respectively.

In the 2019 World Championships at Doha, Qatar, Nanyondo ran in the 4th position in the 800 m race in 1:59.18 and the 11th position in the 1500 m race in 4:00.63.

In the 2021 Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan, she came in 13th position in the 800 m race in 1:59.84 and 7th in the 1500 m race in 3:59.80.

Winnie Nanyondo did not receive a medal in the 1500m final at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. She finished eighth in 4:01.98 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (US). She had qualified for the World Championship after failing to finish the semi-finals after being pushed by Italian Gaia Sabbatini. 

Kenyan Faith Kipyegon finished first in 3:52.96, ahead of Gudaf Tsegay and Laura Muir, who finished second and third. (3:54.52, 3:55.28).

She was also fourth in the 2022 World Indoor Championships hosted in Belgrade, Serbia for the 1500 m race which she finished in 4:04.60.

Achievements and Awards

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Winnie Nanyondo won a bronze championship medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Her personal bests include; 

  • 53.72 in the 400 m Kampala race on 11th July 2014.
  • 1:58.63 in the 800 m Stade Louis II, Monaco race on 18th July 2014. 
  • 2:36.13 in the1000 m Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat race on 13th July 2018.
  • 3:59.56 in the1500 m Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat race on 16th June 2019.
  • 4:18.65 in the one-mile Stade Louis II, Monaco race on 12th July 2019.
  • 8:52.30 in the 3000 m Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha race on 13th May 2022.
  • 15:57.16 in the 5000 m Estadio de Atletismo del Turia, Valencia race on 7th October 2020.
  • 36.18 in the 10-kilometre Kampala race on 19th November 2017.
  • 3:35.48 in the 4×400 m relay at La Nucia on 13th June 2021.
  • Indoors
  • 2:01.70 in the 800 m race at the L’Anneau-Halle d’athlétisme de Metz, Metz race on 09th February 2020.
  • 2:37.80 in the 1000 m race at Liévin, France on 10th February 2019.
  • 4:03.54 in the 1500 m race at Arena, Toruń on 22nd February 2022.
  • 4:29.40 in the one Mile race at Arena Birmingham on 16th February 2019.

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