Again, Uganda’s Shida Leni breaks Women’s 400m national record


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At the 4th Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) National Trial held on Friday at Kampala’s Mandela National Stadium – popularly known as Namboole, Shida Leni reduced her own national record from 52.12 seconds to 52.00 seconds.

This is the 5th time she has broken the national record, having broken it on 4 occasions last year – 2018.

Shida has been trained for almost six years by the husband and wife coaching team of Kevin and Sue O’Connor. Kevin commented after the race.

“This was another tremendous performance by this determined and dedicated athlete. Given she ran the last half of the race alone, she will undoubtedly go faster when she competes against runners who are of a similar standard or better than herself.”

“The big challenge for her now is to improve to 51.80 seconds, which is the qualifying time for next September’s IAAF World Championships in Doha,” Kevin said of Shida.

“A major reason for her improvement has been weight-training at the Espace Gym, Silver Springs Hotel. She is tall and slender, but now also immensely strong,” she adds.

“For Sue and myself, it is an honour and privilege to coach this talented athlete.”


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