Track and Field

Progressive Breaking of the 400-Meters Africa Record

Judith Ayaa was the predominant female sprinter at the East and Central African Athletic Championships from 1968 to 1972. Amid a similar traverse of time, she was the 4-time 400m champion, as well as frequently contended in and won in the 100m and 200m, and in addition when she was a piece of the Uganda hand-off groups. Ayaa’s triumph in the 400m at the ECA titles in Dar-es-Salaam was another Africa record- – 53.6. By prudence of this individual best time in 1969, Ayaa was in 1969 positioned among the world’s main 10 female 400-meters sprinters.

Since there were a moderately low number of ladies contending in the 400m at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, just a semi-last and a last would thus happen. On July 22 1970 arranged in the second of the two semi-last warms. She won in a significant bewildering time- – 52.86- – another Africa record. The time positioned her as eleventh best on the planet in 1970.

The last occurred on the 23rd. In any case, having been the quickest among the semi-finalists, Ayaa had maybe ran too quick. She maybe should have kept running in loose walk, sufficiently quick to be among the best four of both of the semi-last warms that would guarantee their fitting the bill for the finals. In this second semi-last warmth, Sandra Brown of Australia completed second in an entire second behind Ayaa. The primary semi-last warmth in which Marilyn Fay Neufville of Jamaica won in 53.05, was clearly one of more civility and unwinding.

In the last, thin and generally short 17 year-old Neufville won in 51.02- – another world record. She won by an amazing over two seconds in front of silver medallist Sandra Brown of Australia (53.66). Neufville in this manner shaved of by about a moment the world record of 51.7 set in 1969 by Frenchwomen Colette Besson and Nicole Duclos. Judith Ayaa, surpassed in the wake of backing off close to the finish of the race, likely because of exhaustion after her superfluous effort in the semi-finals, was third (53.77) firmly behind Sandra Brown and won the bronze. The weakness had likely cost her at any rate the silver award; however the Commonwealth bronze would be one of Ayaa’s most esteemed universal belonging! It was Uganda’s first Commonwealth Games’ decoration won by a lady!

In 1970 at the East-Central African Championships held in Nairobi, Ayaa won in the 400-meters in 54.0. That was notwithstanding her 100m win.

Ayaa contended at the USA-Pan African Track-and-Field Meet held in mid-July 1971 at Duke University in Durham, NC. Her gold decoration winning planning was 54.69.

Still in 1971, at the ECA Championships in Lusaka, Ayaa won in the 400-meters (54.7); and she was a piece of the Uganda gold decoration successful groups in both dash transfers.

Ayaa contended at a Pre-Olympic two-day Meet (“Hanns-Braun Memorial International Pre-Olympic Invitational”) in mid-August 1972 in Munich, a development for the prospective Olympics in a similar city of West Germany.

20 year-old Ayaa, partook among the 3 warms of the ladies’ 400 meters. The best general finishers would be connoted. Inside and out Ayaa’s opportunity was second best- – 52.68- – another Africa record. Afterward, early September 1972, in Munich at the Olympics, Ayaa was again coordinated in 52.68 seconds when she completed third in the quarter finals and progressed to the semi-finals. She in this manner rose to her own best and Africa record. Ayaa would be dispensed with from progressing to the Olympic finals when she completed seventh (52.91) in a semi-last warmth.

At the pre-Olympic meet in Munich, on the second day of the meet, Ayaa furthermore contended in the 200-meters and completed fifth. Results were (AP 1972: 66):

1. Marina Sidorova (Soviet Union), 23.78; 2. Karollne Kaefer (Austria), 23.99; 3. Vilma Charlton (Jamaica), 24.04; 4. Una Morris (Jamaica), 24.11; 5. Judith Ayaa (Uganda), 24.12.

Judith Ayaa would blur far from the global rivalry spotlight after 1973. The President Idi Amin Dada gave her the Uganda signal in her ability as group commander for the national group that was headed for Lagos for the All-Africa Games in January 1973. She was required to win in the 400m. Be that as it may, potentially because of wounds, infection, or lacking preparing, she didn’t contend in any of the individual dashes in Lagos. Be that as it may, she perhaps contended in the ladies’ 4x400m hand-off in which Uganda won gold.

Considerably more had been anticipated from this youthful first class African competitor, one of only a handful couple of African ladies to achieve such an apex amid, to the point that season of the beginning of ladies control competitors. It would take three decades for Ayaa’s Uganda national record in the 400m to be broken. After over four decades, the present Uganda record (52.48; however it is 52.2 out of 1996 by Grace Birungi, by a few records) by Justine Bayigga, set up in 2008, is just 0.2 seconds lower than the national and African record that Judith Ayaa set in 1972.