By Norman Katende and Samson Opus.
Uganda rowers neared 2012 Olympic qualification, after Constance Mbambu, 14, won silver in the 1st Africa qualifiers that were held in Doula, Cameroon September 23-28. Africa will host two more qualifiers with the top performers making it to London 2012.
Racing in the open category, Mbambu, who has been training at Miami Beach in Luzira clocked 2 minutes 58.99 seconds in the women single scull category. The scull category involves each competitor having two oars.
â€œWe had not had any international exposure. We hope to put up a better show in the next qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt next month,â€ said Mbambu, a student of St Kizito SS in Bugoloobi, on her return.
Going by the times, Mbambu hit the mark but because Africa has limited slots, her qualification must be confirmed by other results, according to local officials.