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Juliet Chekwel and Doreen Chesang (in black) with Australia's Sullohern (in yellow) after the race. Courtesy Photo

Four Ugandan Runners Win Medals in UK Half Marathon

The two ladies are Juliet Chekwel (gold) and Doreen Chesang (bronze) while the male duo is Fred Musobo (silver) and Timothy Tiroitch (bronze).
posted onOctober 8, 2018
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By Thomas Odongo

Four Ugandan long distance runners on Sunday earned respective podium finishes to claim silverware at the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon at Cardiff University, Welsh Capital, United Kingdom.

Thousands of runners took part in the 15th Cardiff Half Marathon, for the 13.1-mile route that winds past the city's iconic landmarks.

The Ugandan winning team comprises of both two female and male athletes.

The two ladies are Juliet Chekwel (gold) and Doreen Chesang (bronze) while the male duo is Fred Musobo (silver) and Timothy Tiroitch (bronze).

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Fred Musobo and Timothy Tiroitch with Australia's Jack Reynor (C). Courtesy Photo

In the ladies pool, Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel emerged number one with a winning time of 69:45.

Her Ugandan colleague Doreen Chesang settled for bronze after emerging third with a winning time of 71:10.

Australia’s Celia Sullohern was second (silver) in the race with a winning time of 71:04.

In the men’s pool, Australia’s runner Jack Reynor emerged winner with a winning time of 61:10.

Uganda was well represented here with Fred Musobo claiming silver off a second finish with a winning time of 61:08.

Timothy Tiroitch settled for bronze after finishing in the third position with a winning time of 61:17.

Also dubbed the Cardiff University Marathon, the tournament has grown into one of the largest road races in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, two runners died after taking part in the race.

One man in his 20s and another man in his 30s sadly died after taking part in the event yesterday (Sunday, October 8).

Wales Online reports the Welsh Ambulance Service was called at 12:15pm to reports of two men who had suffered cardiac arrests at the finish line.

The first event took place back in 2003 and this year’s do marked its 15th year.

The event is not only the UK’s second largest half marathon, it is Wales’ largest road race and Wales’ largest multi-charity fundraising event.

The race is sponsored by Cardiff University and supported by strategic partners; Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Athletics.

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