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Nakaayi cries out to President Museveni for a handshake after winning Uganda's first gold in Doha at the World Championship. Photo/AFP

Nakaayi cries out to President Museveni for a handshake after winning Uganda’s first gold in Doha at the World Championship

Congratulations Halimah Nakaayi! Having surpassed the expectations of many to win the two-lap distance in a national record time of 1:58.04 at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Halimah Nakaayi has called on President Museveni to recognize her efforts and reward her according to he has done to others in the past.

“Just as he has done for others, I would like him to do for me too. I want him to set-up apartments for me, I would be very grateful,” said Nakaayi in a statement.

Meanwhile, Joshua Cheptegei also warns the 1000m race which now puts him on two gold medals for Uganda while Fred Musobo and Stephen Kiprotich finished 13 and 18th respectively in the men’s 42km race on Sunday 7th October.

Team Uganda will return home today from the IAAF World Athletics Championships with two gold medals from Halimah Nakaayi and Joshua Cheptegei.

Uganda had a total of 21 participants with Jacob Kiplimo bowing out of the men’s 10000m final at the last minute.

When Stephen Kiprotich won Uganda’s first gold medal ending the country’s 40-year drought, his parents were rewarded in accordingly, involving building them a house.

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Halimah Nakaayi wins Uganda's first gold in Doha3
Nakaayi surpassed the expectations of many to win the two-lap distance in a national record time of 1:58.04 at the Khalifa International Stadium

Last year, Museveni also promised to construct houses for Joshua Cheptegei and Stella Chesang after they won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

With the athletes highly dominated by people from the East and the North, Nakaayi who is from the central region of the country is optimistic she will change people’s perception about the central region towards the sport.

“Many people gave up on athletics and think that those from the central region cannot run, the eastern region is gifted so are we and the rest of the country,” Nakaayi said in defence of the central region.

Final medal table

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 14 11 4 29
Kenya 5 2 4 11
Jamaica 3 5 4 12
China 3 3 3 9
Ethiopia 2 5 1 8
Great Britain 2 3 0 5
Germany 2 0 4 6
Japan 2 0 1 3
Netherlands 2 0 0 2
Uganda 2 0 0 2
Poland 1 2 3 6
Bahrain 1 1 1 3
Cuba 1 1 1 3
Sweden 1 1 1 3
Bahamas 1 1 0 2
Qatar 1 0 1 2
Australia 1 0 0 1
Grenada 1 0 0 1
Norway 1 0 0 1
Venezuela 1 0 0 1
Estonia 0 2 0 2
Ukraine 0 2 0 2
Canada 0 1 4 5
Belgium 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
France 0 1 1 2
Algeria 0 1 0 1
Portugal 0 1 0 1
Austria 0 0 2 2
Burkina Faso 0 0 1 1

By John Dalton Kigozi