Sport
Uganda cyclists fall out of tight race
Publish Date: Aug 03, 2014
Uganda cyclists fall out of tight race
Ugandas Leone Matovu before pulling out. Photo/Norman Katende
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Norman Katende

Commonwealth Games

168.2km road Cycling final

1 Geraint Thomas (WAL) 4:13.05
2 Jack Bauer (NZL) 4:14.26
3 Scott Thwaites (ENG) 4:14.25
Leon Matovu (UGA) DNF
Sabastian Kigongo (UGA) DNF


Poor weather, slippery ground and lack of experience all combined to see both the two Ugandan cyclists bow out of the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.

Sabastian Kigongo and Leon Matovu were the two representatives for Uganda at the Games in the 168.2km race event, but like most cyclists could not reach the half way mark. 

Wales’ Geraint Thomas hung on to win a surprise gold.

Sabastian Kigongo and Leon Matovu after falling out of the race. Photos/Mpalanyi Ssentongo

They all opted out as the race that attracted 140 cyclists had less than 15 making it to the finish line with a nagging drizzle and cold winds taking their toll.

Poor weather, slippery ground and lack of experience caused the two riders problems

“It was a very tough race. Our bicycles could not push. We tried our level best but the roads were too slippery for us. Many of our friends have fallen and have injured themselves,” said Kigongo moments after he pulled out of the race.

Only less than half of the 140 contenders finished the race

The competition, which involved riding through central Glasgow in loops, attracted a lot of spectators who were not deterred by the rains as they cheered on every cyclist, regardless of which country they were from.

Poor weather conditions caused several riders problems

No contender from Africa managed to make it to the finish despite Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana, Ghana and Uganda entering more than one athlete to the event

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
KCCA draws Cameroon
ALTHOUGH it will be his first time to coach a football team in the CAF Champions League, KCCA FC tactician Abdallah Mubiru is confident his team will advance...
Riders prepare for Boxing Day
Following this month’s disappointment when Kenyan riders failed to turn up for the FIM-Central Africa motocross championship at Busiika, Ugandan riders have decided to entertain their fans on Boxing Day at Festino Cite in Mukono....
2014 in review: Boxing recovers
Two bronze medals from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland is all that Uganda had to smile about in the boxing season....
Heathens close 2014 as rugby league leaders
Heathens ended 2014 as the leaders of the Nile Special Premier Rugby League after edging rivals Kobs 11-10 in a crunch game at Kyadondo Rugby Club on Saturday....
She Cranes need to upgrade to standard netball courts
To a Ugandan netball fan, the Sydney 2015 World Cup arena should be a dream facility for any netball player....
Golfer Nkurunziza claims first major win at Entebbe
Jinja Golf Club captain Joseph Nkurunziza finally found the right strokes at Entebbe Club to bag the Danny Nkata memorial golf tournament....
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter