Swimming

Swimmer Atuhaire Ambala falls short despite setting national record

His performance was not his personal best but definitely Uganda's best in the race no Ugandan had attempted at the prestigious world games for the past 20 years.

David GOMBE 

Ugandan swimmer Atuhaire Ambala finished 7th in Heat 2 of the men’s 100m freestyle at Olympics

Ambala clocked 54.23 seconds to miss a place at the semifinals of the 100m freestyle at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Ugandan swimmer needed to finish among the top 16 from all the nine heats to book a place in the semifinals.

Ambala’s preparations were halted after becoming the second member of Team Uganda to have contracted Covid-19 after boxing coach Patrick Lihanda, when the team arrived for camp in Izumisano, Osaka, in June

His performance was not his personal best but definitely Uganda’s best in the race no Ugandan had attempted at the prestigious world games for the past 20 years.

Ambala joins Ganzi Mugula, Gilbert Kaburu, Jamila Lunkuse, Supra Singhal and Daniel Mulumba who are the other Ugandans to represent the nation at the global games.

Uganda’s hope for an Olympic medal in swimming are in youngster Kirabo Namutebi who will be in action on Friday in the Women’s 50m Freestyle Heat 6.

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