SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Rower Kathleen Noble began Uganda’s quest for medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after finishing 5th in the women’s single sculls heat 2 today morning.
Ireland’s Sanita Puspure won the race with 7:46:08 followed by Mexican Kenia Lechuga (7:54:21) and Greek Anneta Kyridou (7:54:28) in second and third places respectively.
Noble came fifth with 8:25:85 just behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Felice Aisha Chow with 8:02:02. The two will head for a Repêchage to be held tomorrow (Saturday) to try and qualify for the quarter finals.
A repêchage in rowing is a contest in which the best-placed of those who failed to win heats compete for a place in the next round.
Noble is the first ever Ugandan rower to compete at the Olympics. She qualified for the Games in October 2019 after winning the women’s single scull B-final in Tunisia ahead of rowers from Togo and Nigeria in 8 minutes and 36 seconds.
The 26 year old was born to missionary parents Gerry and Moira Noble in Luwero district.
She has previously represented Uganda in swimming and made national records in the 50m freestyle and 50 butterfly during the 2012 World Championships in Turkey.