By James Bakama
World Rowing Championship
Aug 25 to Sept 1
AFTER Stephen Kiprotich striking gold in Moscow another Ugandan is also eyeing gold elsewhere on the world stage.
Gerald Ssemambo, 20 who is representing Uganda at this year’s World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea is confident he can make it to a podium finish. The competition starts on Sunday.
“I have put loads of hours into preparation. I should be able to shine in the competition,” said Ssemambo, who will be the first Ugandan to compete in the world meet.
A total of 76 countries,11 of which are from Africa, have already arrived in Chungju.
Ssemambo’s coach Brock Sampson is confident that the Ugandan will put up a very strong performance. “He enters the World Championship as a contender, having improved tremendously over the months,” said Sampson.
Recently at the World U- 23 Rowing Championship in Linz, Austria, Ssemambo had the strongest finish of his heat making his personal best time of 7 minutes 37 seconds in the 2000 meter race.
He has performed well in other championships including the Holland Bekker, Netherland’s premier rowing event which this year, featured several Olympians and other elite rowers.
According to Charles Batambuze Chairman of Ssemanda’s Luzira based team Greenbelt Rowing, Canoeing and Kayak Club, the rower stands a good chance of making it to the final in China.
“He is technically well prepared and psychologically ready for the challenge.”
He added that Ssemambo has been a beneficiary of an elite rower program that has seen him train and compete with the world’s best.
Uganda’s participation in the 2013 World Rowing Championships has been supported by Uganda Rowing Federation, Uganda Olympic Committee, the Olympic Solidarity and the International Rowing Federation (FISA).