Aber savours smashing the national javelin record


She produced a throw of 53.80m to eclipse Kabasindi’s record of 51.82m

Lucy Aber makes a throw during the Akii Bua Memorial Championships at Namboole Stadium. Photo by Silvano Kibuuka

Lucy Aber is savouring the moment after smashing Annet Kabasindi’s 14-year national javelin record last Saturday.

Little attention is normally given to field events during local athletics meetings. But Aber stole the show and made sure she was the talk of the Akii Bua Memorial Championships at Namboole.

It was her second attempt at the javelin and produced a throw of 53.80m to eclipse Kabasindi’s record of 51.82m.

At that moment, everything else ceased to matter as the Police constable celebrated a new national record and qualification to the Africa Senior Championships.

“It feels great to break a record that has stood for so long,” Aber was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The javelin competition produced another ‘winner’ in Josephine Lalam, whose throw of 50.80m saw her qualify for the U20 World Championships in Finland next month.

Two weeks ago at the National U20 Championships, Victor Kiplangat had opened the qualification rush for the Finland championships by smashing the 10,000m standard.

Kiplangat’s 29:08.03 was inside the set standard of 31:00.00 for the IAAF junior event.

At the same meeting, Oscar Niyonzima, Geoffrey Kipsang, Mathew Chepkirui, Alex Mutai, Benson Karameka and Laban Kipyeko got themselves onto the UAF selection list after qualifying for the 10,000m.

Later this week, Uganda Athletics Federation is expected to name the team that will carry Uganda’s flag to the IAAF organised event between July 10-15.

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