Halimah Nakaayi made history after winning the women’s 800m race at the ongoing 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha to become the first ever Ugandan to achieve the feat and make the East African nation proud.
Nakaayi who was actually a surprise package sprinted on the stretch to the finish line in an impressive 1:58:04 to register a new national record as she beat stiff competition from Americans Raevyn Rogers(Silver) and Ajee Wilson (Bronze) as well as Kenya’s Eunice Jepkoech SUM.
For her success the 24-year old is entitled to 60,000 USD (About 220 million UGX) as prize money. Another Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo came fourth and walks away with 55 million UGX and their victory celebration at the end was epic as they danced like like little children
The overjoyed Nakaayi who had never before run in a world championship or Olympic final said; “It the first time that someone from central Uganda makes it to the final. So getting a medal, it means a lot to Uganda. It’s a great achievement for Uganda and even for me,” she told reporters. “It’s my traditional dance from central Uganda.”
South African super runner-another of the favourite contenders and would-be-challenger for the title Caster Semenya did not take part because of a gender-related case she lost recently paving the way for the Ugandans.
Semenya the titleholder and three-time Champion, did not take part due to global athletics’ governing body the IAAF’s recently-introduced testosterone regulations.