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OLYMPICS 2020: 16 year old Kirabo Namutebi out to write history

The 16-year old Dolphins Swim Club swimmer's entry time is 26.98 seconds

Erias Kayondo 

Ugandan teenager Kirabo Namutebi will be out to write history today as she competes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics swimming competition in the women’s category of the 50M freestyle.

The 16-year old Dolphins Swim Club swimmer’s entry time is 26.98 seconds.

Arguably Team Ugandas Olympics youngest competitor, Namutebi warmed up for the event with a 27.04 over the same distance wining a silver medal at Golden Orlando in Croatia.

Namutebi competed in the 7th. FINA world Swimming Championships in Hungary in 2019 where she set a new National record of 26.98 in 50M freestyle race. She bettered Jamilah Lunkuse’s earlier record of 27.43 set in 2014 by 1.45 seconds over the same distance.

Namutebi settled for a Bronze as she went despite beating nine opponents from the various countries in her heat.

She finished 38th overall out of 102 participants in the same race.

The race was won by USA’s Warsh Gretchen.

Olympics debutant Namutebi has been groomed in the swimming sport since childhood.

She has a supportive mother in Hadijah Namanda, the former National Volleyball Federation president.

Namutebi won her first National swimmer of the year accolade at the age of Ten in 2013.

She also previously claimed a 2 Golden medals, 2 Bronze medals and one silver medal in the in CANA zone IV Championships in Namibia.

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