Uganda increases her medal tally to 8 at the 13th African Games

Uganda increases her medal tally to 8 at the 13th African Games
Uganda shines at the 13th African Games.

Accra, Ghana | By Michael Wandati | Ugandan cyclist Charles Kagimu clinched Uganda’s second gold medal during the ongoing 13th edition of the African Games held in Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast.

Despite grappling with oppressive humidity in Poukuase, a suburb of Accra, Kagimu emerged victorious in the individual time trial category, adding to Uganda’s medal haul.

Expressing his gratitude after the win, Kagimu attributed his success to divine favor amid the challenging weather conditions. He acknowledged the competitive spirit of his fellow cyclists, emphasizing the collective effort that propelled him to victory.

“I thank God for this victory,” He said after winning the gold. “The heat was much but I managed to succeed. I also thank my fellow riders for the good race.”

Kagimu’s triumph propelled Uganda’s medal tally to eight, with two golds in badminton and cycling, three silvers in weightlifting, and three bronzes in swimming and weightlifting, showcasing the country’s diverse sporting prowess.

Uganda in 8th place on medal table at the 13th African Games Accra 2023.

As the reigning African champion in his category, Kagimu showcased his dominance once again, replicating his previous victory at the same venue in February of the previous year.

In football, Uganda’s under-20 teams, known as the Hippos and the Queen Cranes, demonstrated commendable performances, securing spots in the semifinals.

The Hippos displayed an impeccable record in the group stage, clinching victories against formidable opponents such as Senegal, Nigeria, and South Sudan.

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Similarly, the Queen Cranes exhibited remarkable prowess, remaining undefeated in the group stage and setting the stage for an intense semifinal clash with Nigeria.

In boxing, Ugandan athletes showcased mixed results in various weight categories. Owen Kibira emerged victorious in the men’s 67 kg category, while Sharua Musa Ndagire faced defeat against Nigerian boxer Oje Nene in the women’s 57 kg category.

Additionally, Muzamiru Ssemuddu and Kasimu Murungi secured wins in their respective categories, further contributing to Uganda’s representation in the boxing arena.

In other sporting events, Uganda’s women’s handball team displayed resilience, securing a draw against DR Congo in the preliminary round, highlighting the country’s participation across a spectrum of sports including athletics, cricket, rugby, table tennis, and more.