By Javier Silas Omagor
The 2019 Commonwealth bronze medal winner, Mercyline Chelangat, is officially married.
The 24-year-old from Bukwo is now the wife of Police Captain Benson Cheboriot who hails from Kween district.
Mercyline, herself an Inspector of Police, took home her longtime fiancé, Cheboriot, on Monday, March 28.
The Police athlete made her marital decision shortly after being crowned 2022 Cross-Country and Half Marathon champion in Tororo and Jinja city respectively.
The function, hosted in Tulwo village, Rorok Parish, Suam sub-county in Bukwo district, attracted celebrated athletes led by legends Moses Kipsiro and Stephen Kiprotich.
The team had Olympic games 2020 steeplechase 3000m women category gold winner Peruth Chemutai; 10,000m women world record holder Stellar Chesang, and Cannes 10K 2022 bronze medallist Abel Sikowo.
Though he was not able to come through, the World and Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei sent a couple of his drivers with cars to help ease transport for the guests who attended the function.
Prisca Chesang, Belinda Chemutai, Agnes Amuron, Annet Chebet and Esther Chebet, graced the ceremony among other decorated athletes both from Uganda and Kenya.
The Uganda Athletics Federation vice-president technical, Benjamin Njia, was the best man just as he was a few months ago during Joshua Cheptegei’s similar function.
Mercyline’s marriage was blessed by the Rev. Denis Kapkwomu and the Rev. Fred Musobo Bushendich.
Parents from both sides were also present, including Mercyline’s mother Beatrice Chelangat Mondos and Cheboriot’s father Joseph Cherop and mother Everlyn Koreny.
We wish the Cheboriots a happy and fruitful marriage.