Cheptegei soars to a new height

By Wasswa Deo

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei Kirui has bagged his second Commonwealth gold medal in Australia after winning the men’s 10,000m final after clocking for 27 minutes and 19 seconds.

The 21-year- Cheptegeyi got the first gold medal in the men’s 5000m final , where he beat Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed and Edward Zakayo of Kenya.

Cheptegei has become the only the second man in Ugandan history to complete a 5000m and 10,000m Commonwealth double at the same Games.

Moses Kipsiro was the first to do it in 2010 in New Delhi, India.

Cheptegeyi second gold medal has now lifted Uganda team  from 18th position to 14th in the competition.

Uganda is currently holding 5 medals of which 3 are gold and 2 bronze.

Kiprotich shutters Uganda’s hope for prestigious metal in Rio

A section of Ugandans have expressed disappointment with the performance of the Ugandan team at the just concluded 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A 21-man team of athletes represented the country at the Olympics. However, none of them picked a medal. Stephen Kiprotich failed to defend his Olympic marathon title, clocking 14th in the 42-kilometer men’s marathon that was won by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, on the last day of the event.

Uganda’s Solomon Mutai finished the Marathon in eighth position.

Stephen Achia, a resident of Muyenga says the performance was disappointed with Kiprotich’s performance, noting that he was the only hope left for Uganda to win a medal. He says the overall performance of the team was wanting.

Achia’s sentiments are shared by Moses Jekali, who notes that poor preparations by the team could have affected the final performance of the athletes.

Dominic Mukisa and James Chal says that as a defending champion, Kiprotich should have put in more effort to retain his title.

Raul Kanyike, on the other hand says the athletes should not be blamed for their performance since government’s input in the preparations of the team was invisible. He says government must invest in sports if it wants to reap medals.

David Ssentongo, a resident of Kireka however lauded the team for participating in the Olympics, only urging them to put it more time in training for better performance.


Bolt may not be breaking Olympic records this time but is still bagging gold

It’s become the sporting spectacle of the 21st century – Usain Bolt arrives at an Olympic Games and walks away with the 100-meter gold medal.

While his days of breaking world records over the distance might have passed, he’s still able to deliver on the biggest stage.
And although it was the slowest time with which Bolt has won a major championship, it was enough to satisfy a crowd who chanted his name from the second he appeared on the big screen through to the moment he paraded the track draped in the Jamaican flag.
With fears over security and empty seats threatening to overshadow Rio 2016, he provided the good-news story everybody craved, crossing the line in 9.81 seconds to fend off the challenge of rival Justin Gatlin in Sunday’s final.
And while Bolt was saluted as hero, Gatlin was cast in the role of pantomime villain.
Few Olympians will have experienced a welcome as hostile as the one afforded to the American. A divisive figure in track and field having twice served doping bans, he was booed at every turn.
Twelve years after he claimed 100m gold at Athens 2004, Gatlin was unable to dethrone Bolt as the Olympic sprint king.
Instead, as Galin tied up in the races closing quarter, he was forced to watch on as Bolt coasted towards the finish line and into the record books.
Coupled with the scenes of wild celebration was an overwhelming sense of relief. Rio’s Games had avoided the awkward prospect of the winner of its blue riband event being booed on the podium.
The Olympic movement, it seems, can always rely on Bolt when it needs him the most.
“Somebody said I can become immortal,” Bolt said moments after his triumph, as the sounds of Bob Marley reverberated around the Olympic Stadium. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.”
Bolt, meanwhile, was left unimpressed by the reception afforded to Gatlin.
“That’s the first time I’ve gone into a stadium and they’ve started to boo,” the 29-year-old admitted. “It surprised me.”
Appearing at his fourth Olympics, Gatlin picked up a fifth medal — albeit not the one he had hoped for.
And despite a less-than-warm reception from the crowd, Gatlin wasn’t holding any grudges, instead choosing to focus on the support he received from Americans inside the stadium.
“At the end of the day you hear everything, but you have to tune that kind of stuff out,” admitted Gatlin.
“They are excited, I understand that. There are a lot Usain Bolt fans, there are a lot of Jamaican fans but they don`t know me, they don’t know Justin. I have worked very hard.
“You can’t focus on the boos, today when I looked into the stands I saw the most American flags at any championship.”
He was also effusive in his praise for Bolt, crediting the champion with pushing him to become a better athlete.
“I have the utmost respect for Usain off the track,” he added. “He is a fun, cool guy. There is no rivalry or bad blood between us. I’m a competitor. He is a competitor and has pushed me to become the athlete I am today.
“When it comes down to it I have given him his closest races all his career.”
And after another defeat to Bolt, Gatlin insisted he was pleased to be able to compete alongside — and beat — younger sprinters.
“We work 365 days a year to be here for nine seconds,” he said. “At the age of 34, to race these young guys and still make the podium feels so good.”
For Bolt, this medal is the first part of what he hopes will become a landmark trilogy. Next up, the 200-meter heats on Tuesday.
“It’s a good start,” he said. “There will always be doubters. But I’m in better shape than last season.”

Kenyan Coach pushed out of Rio for posing as an athelete

Kenya said sprint coach John Anzrah “presented himself” as 800m medal hope Ferguson Rotich and “even signed the documents” for the doping test.

“We cannot tolerate such behaviour,” said Kip Keino, chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.

Rotich, who finished fourth at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, is set to race in the heats on Friday.

The athlete’s agent, Marc Corstjens, said Rotich lent Anzrah his pass so the coach could get a free breakfast in the Olympic Village on Wednesday.

Anzrah, 61, was then allegedly approached by a doping control officer who was looking for Rotich and asked to provide a urine sample, which the coach did.

“Ferguson is completely confused as to why he would do this but the good news is that he found out straight away and went to the drug-tester and gave them blood and urine samples,” said Corstjens.

The International Olympic Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings into the matter, but praised Kenya’s Olympic body for its “swift action”.

Chairman Keino said the committee had not facilitated Anzrah’s travel to Brazil, adding: “We don’t even know how he came here.”

Anzrah is the second Kenyan official to be sent home over doping issues after track and field manager Michael Rotich.

He was dismissed following allegations that he was prepared to warn coaches about drugs tests in return for £10,000.




North and South Korean Gymnasts take a selfie that has gone viral

A simple selfie taken by two young Olympic gymnasts has already become one of the iconic moments of the Rio games.

South Korea’s Lee Eun Ju and and North Korean gymnast Hong Un Jong seemed oblivious to the bitter feud between their home nations.

The pair were seen chatting and laughing together as they prepared to compete in the qualification for the artistic women’s gymnastics.

Moments later they posed for a selfie together.

North Korea and South Korea are are well known for their prowess in the sport and both have produced many world-class gymnasts.



Uganda olympic team makes a less pleasant start in Rio

Uganda made a false start at the on-going 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.

It was Jamila Lunkuse who took to the swimming pool first but failed to qualify for the next round of the 100m breaststroke when she recorded a time of 1:19:64 to come 40th in the general rankings after all heats.

Later Sweden based boxer Kennedy Katende got a rude welcome with a knockout by England’s Joshua Buatsi in the light heavy weight boxing category (81kg).

The Ghana-born Buatsi was dominant from the start to the end.  Buatsi, a 23-year old sports Science student, won the first two rounds before landing a right to Katende’s head to send him to the canvas.

Katende stayed down and after chatting with his corner the Chinese referee signaled the end.

“The other guy has a lot of experience – he was boxing at the Beijing Olympic Games while I was a schoolboy. So I took nothing for granted and went about the job properly,” said Buatsi after the fight.

Uganda’s second boxer at the Games, Ronald Serugo, will fight on August 13th against Armenia’s Narek Abgaryan in the fly weight (52kg) category