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06 December 2013 | in CUSF News, Cross-Country

Successful 1st FASU Cross Country Championship


ENTEBBE - The 1st Africa University Cross Country Championship has successfully ended this 1 December, 2013 at the Entebbe Golf Course in Uganda, attracting participants from 24 Universities from 12 African countries including DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Ronald Musagala beat Ethiopia’s BezabhBelayAddis AbabaUniversity- Ethiopiato win the 1st Africa University Cross Country championships and also leadUganda’sKampalaUniversity to the team event gold medal. Winnie Nanyondo won the women’s event.

Men's Podium

Musagala put up a good run and by the 3km mark, he was in control of the race with Belay and Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei from BugemaUniversitydictating the pace. It all looked like he was just setting the pace for Belay, who looked confident and keeping a two meter gap just behind them in the 10.5km race but when they reached the 9.5km mark, Musagala sped off and he never looked behind as he strolled to victory in a time of 31 minutes 22.2 seconds, with Belay coming home over ten seconds after. “It was a challenging course but I have been working on my endurance which has helped me a lot in this race,” said Musagala, who is a World Athletics Senior Championship 800m semi-finalist.

 Women silver medallists from Tshwane University

Despite her good result, Nannyondo couldn’t lead Kampala University to the gold medal in the women’s team competition. The gold medal was won by Ndejje University (Uganda) and silver went to Tshwane University (Republic of South Africa).

The National University Sports Federation of Uganda also used the event to gauge their readiness for the World University Cross Country Championship which Uganda is set to host in March next year.

Click here to download all results.

 

(Source: Norman Katende (USPA) & Hannington Musoke (FASU))

 

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