By the close of business on Thursday evening, Luwero-based Ndejje University had picked three (3) gold medals from the ongoing 9th Eastern Africa University games at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus in Mukono.
The 3 medals are all from the wood ball sport (in the doubles and mixed doubles categories) for the defending champions.
Several disciplines including football, athletics, basketball, rugby, handball, volleyball, netball, swimming, tennis and badminton among others are featured
Bruno Bbossa and Joel Adupa combined to garner 113 strokes and win the men’s double gold ahead of Collins Kamoga and Denis Ssekidde (also from the same university).
UCU’s Abednego Okello combined with Emmanuel Ayebazibwe, tallying 123 to take gold. Over 4000 athletes and officials from across the region including 45 universities had by press time arrived at UCU.
Ndejje University also won gold in the women’s doubles.
Joan Mukoova and Victoria Nankabirwa tallied 131 to take gold. Ndejje also scooped silver before Bishop Stuart took bronze.
In the mixed doubles, Ronald Kawumba and Lillian Zawedde returned 109, taking gold beating compatriots, Ephraim Kasooba and Ruth Scovia from the same university.
Busoga University’s Maurice Kagumaba and Ruth Nakidolo won bronze with 130 strokes.
Athletics started on Thursday with Kenya winning the women’s 5000M race.
Lydia Chekumi of Moi University ran 17:32:02 to take gold with Kenyatta University’s Faith Keitanyi taking silver with 17:53:00.
Bugema Univesity’s Lillian Anzazi took bronze after posting 19:22:62.
The main center of attraction was the men’s 10,000M when Bugema University’s Joshua Cheptegei ran 29:20:90 to take gold.
Mount Kenya University has scooped silver after Mark Lokwanamoi posted 30:46:26 to beat Ndejje University’s Sadik Bahati (30:54:04).
Hockey kicked off at the Lugogo Stadium. United States International University (USIU) whipped, KISII 4-0.
Maseno University held USIU in a goal less affair before another all Kenyan affair involving Strathmore and Jomo Kenyatta Universities ended in a goalless draw.
Eldoret University and Makerere University played to another goal-less draw.
Basketball continued with Kyambogo University winning by 8 baskets in their 38-30 over Mountains of the Moon University,
University of Rwanda overcame Jomo Kenyatta 43-31 whilst hosts UCU were 39-36 victors over KIU.
In men’s football, Kampala International University (KIU) walloped Tanzania’s Masinde Muliro 6:0. Emma Waiswa with a brace, Bright Haguma, Fahad Muhammad, Bashir Babu and Ibra Munywangi with the others.
Joseph Ocaya’s 2 goals helped Kyambogo overcome Canzibar University. MUST lost to Kenya’s Mzumbe 0:3, while Nkumba’s encounter with Nkozi ended scoreless.
In Women’s football, hosts UCU were held by Eldoret University 1:1 while Kyambogo were 3:0 winners over Methodist.
Rugby starts Friday at Namilyango College playground. The Games end on Sunday.