Baptism of Fire Awaits Rugby 7s

In a classic case of David versus Goliath, the Uganda rugby Sevens team at the Commonwealth Games face favourites Australia tomorrow with nothing but exposure on their mind, writes Moses Mugalu.

Not even the most optimistic fan expects Uganda to beat the Aussies or England, with whom they are due to share spoils in Group C. But anything short of a romp will be a welcome boost for Uganda against two of the world’s top teams.

However, Uganda should at least compete – if not defeat – Sri Lanka, the fourth team in the group. Coach Yayiro Kasasa said before the team departed that he was grooming a team for the future and there would not be a better start than leaving the Games with their heads high.

Lunkuse, Kusulo bow out with pride:

Jamila Lunkuse and Arnold Kusulo, Uganda’s first athletes in action at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Scotland, had nightmarish start in the waters as they both failed to make it out of the preliminary heat races today.

But there was good news as both swimmers recorded improved times on their personal best in the 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke respective events.

Swimming in Heat 2 in lane 3, Lunkuse finished the women’s 50m breaststroke race in 34.62 seconds, which shows notable improvement from her previous personal best (35.46) in the race.

Her time, however, wasn’t good enough to earn her a semifinal slot. The 17-year-old swimmer, who is based at Plymouth College, UK, has chance to make amends when she competes in the 100m breaststroke. By finishing the men’s 100m backstroke in one minute 6.41 seconds, Kusulo shed off more than two seconds from his previous personal best of 1:08.69.

In the 50m butterfly race, Kusulo clocked 28.61 seconds, setting a new personal best. His previous best was 29.28 seconds. Focus turns on table tennis, badminton and squash in which Uganda’s representatives will be in action this morning.

Meanwhile, England’s 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic and World champion Mo Farah announced his late withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games today. The news could be a blessing in disguise to Ugandan Moses Kipsiro, who is slated to defend both the 5,000 and 10,000m titles next week. Farah was undoubtedly Kipsiro’s main rival in his quest to retain the double gold medals he won four years ago in New Delhi, India.

Source : The Observer

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