Ugandan Athlete Abraham Kiplimo made sure the country bagged her first medal at the on-going 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday.
The 25-year old came third in the men’s marathon in a time of 2:12:23 behind through Australia’s Micheal Shelley who won the race with time 2:11:15 and Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany.
Kiplimo said he was very happy to win the first medal for his country at the Games. Another Ugandan Solomon Mungo Mutai finished fourth, while Phillip Kiplimo came eighth.
The race was won by Australian Michael Shelley who produced a stunning final 8km to trump the favoured east African field and claim gold.
Shelley, who finished 16th in the London Olympics, clocked a personal best of 2hr 11min 15sec on the largely flat course around the streets of Glasgow, to better his silver-medal showing in Delhi four years ago.
On Friday night Uganda’s boxer Mike Sekabembe also moved closer to a medal bracket after victory over Bermuda’s Emmanuel Anderson last night in a super heavy weight (+91kg) contest.
The tough contest saw the two boxers exchange punches, but Sekabembe managed to convince the judges who declared him winner 2-1 on points. He will now need to win the next bout to be assured of a medal.
After the Sekabembe fight, security staff was called in after a fight broke out between a defeated Sierra Leone boxer and his coach in their dressing room.
Mohamed Sillah from Dierra Leaone was stopped in the second round of his welterweight (69kg) bout with Australia’s Daniel Lewis. A difference of opinion afterwards led to a punch-up between Sillah and the coach, and security escorted the fighter off the premises.
A security official admitted there had been an altercation and that the boxer was led away to take him back to his accommodation.
Uganda’s Paul Mutambuze also made history in Table tennis when he was part of the team to beat Zambia 3-0 in a clasiification match. Mutambuze, aged 50 years is Uganda’s oldest athlete ever to compete in a World event. He paired with Kevin Evans Mafabi to beat Noal Kasanda and David Ng’anda 3-0, while Gilton Chelibe also humbled Friday Nga’ndu 3-0 in the men’s singles. Simasiku Kalalukwa played his heart out but lost to Mafabi 3-2 in the second men’s singles game.
In squash, Uganda’s top seed who lost out in the second round of the main draw made sure he won a game in the plate event before falling out in the last 16. He beat Mark Tekwesbury from Gibraltar 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 before falling to Kenya’s Bains Hartaj 5-11, 4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11. Ian Rukunya Kajubu lost to Bermuda’s Robert Maycock 11-2, 11-5, 11-5.
The badminton team were unlucky to miss out qualiying for the quarter finals of the team events when they lost 3-2 to Ghana. The team led by Holland based professional Edwin Ekiring had battled back to draw 2-2, but the women’s pair of Margeret Nankabirwa and Daisy Nakalyango lost 15-21, 21-17, 26-24 to the pair of Evelyn Botwe and Stella Amasah. Team Uganda had beaten Kenya 3-2 and lost to India 5-0.