On Saturday, Stella Chesang capped her comeback year well with a win as did 19-year-old Martin Kiprotich Magengo at the Ugandan Cross Country Championships.

Chesang, the 2018 Commonwealth 10,000m gold medallist, bested a field of nearly 40 athletes for the victory in the senior women’s 10K race at the Tororo Golf Course, which is located 200K from the capital city Kampala.

Prisca Chemweno took second in the time of 34:06 and Annet Chelangat finished third in the time of 34:13.

The 26-year-old Chesang will represent Uganda at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst on February 18.

Women’s Results

1 Stella Chesang 33:57
2 Prisca Chesang 34:06
3 Annet Chelangat 34:13
4 Doreen Chesang 34:26
5 Mercyline Chelangat 34:36
6 Rispa Cherop 34:45
7 Janat Chemusto 34:57
8 Sarah Chelangat 35:06


Nineteen-year-old Martin Kiprotich took the lead after 3K of running with the lead pack. He was clear halfway into the race and decisively won in the time of 29:35 ahead of Isaac Kibet who clocked a 29:43 performance, while Samuel Kibet was three seconds back at 29:46.

“I didn’t expect to win because it was my first time to run against seniors,” Kiprotich told World Athletics.

Kiprotich was to compete at the World U20 Championships in Cali, but an injury had him sidelined. Bathurst Worlds await.

Men’s results

1 Martin Kiprotich 29:35
2 Isaac Kibet 29:43
3 Samuel Kibet 29:46
4 Rogers Kibet 29:50
5 Denis Cherotich 29:51
6 Andrew Rotich Kwemoi 29:54
7 Leonard Chemutai 30:02
8 Nelson Wakana 30:08