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Mukono athlete wins World Athletics Gold

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

Halimah Nakaayi winning the Gold Medal for the Womens 800m at the World Athletics Championships held in Qatar in 2019 was a huge achievement for Halimah and Uganda.

It was even more special for Mukono as she attended one of the local schools.

Halimah Nakaayi won the women's 800m title at the IAAF World Championships in dramatic fashion in Doha.

Pre-race favourite Ajee Wilson tried to dictate the pace, but the Ugandan challenge was coming with Nakaayi and Winnie Nanyondo attacking the long-time leader.

Nakaayi passed Wilson and sprinted clear to take gold in 1:58.04.

Wilson had to settle for bronze after losing second to her training partner Raevyn Rogers with Nanyondo fourth.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, Nakaayi said, "Oh my God. At first I couldn't believe that at 700m I was still with her [Wilson]. But I saw her pace was a little bit declining and I was feeling strong. And I knew yes, God has made it for me.

"I like the crowd, they cheered so much. They gave me a lot of morale."

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