Shida Leni wins Midsummer track Night meeting in preparation for Olympic qualifiers

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By Ali Mutanje

Midsummer track results 

  1. Shida Leni of Uganda 53.01
  2. Nikola Bisoba of the Czech Republic 55.11
  3. Lena Pressler of Austria 55.69 

Shida Leni won the midsummer Track Night Meeting lap race at Vienna Athletics center in Austria clocking in at 53.01 on Saturday 16th May 2021 which is far from her personal best of 51.47. 

Shida is in Europe with her British manager Jeff Freeman to prepare for qualifications to the Tokyo Olympics games. 

In pursuit of her dream, she needs to outdo the record she set at the World Championship in Doha Qatar in 2018.
Davis Kamega was the last Ugandan sprinter to feature at the championship back in 1997 in Athens and won silver in the 400m race.  

Shida has to beat the 51.47 seconds mark to become the first Ugandan sprinter at the Olympics since Justin Bayiga took part in the 2018 Beijing games in China 13 years ago. 

She will be in Italy on Wednesday at the Castiglione Della Pescaia in another test race.

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