The championship that has over the years been dominated by South African swimmers continues today before winding up on Saturday
Uganda’s nine-man team at the CANA Zone 4 swimming championships in Mauritius got a major boost yesterday when Nabil Saleh won gold in the 100m backstroke race.
The 14-year old clocked 1:08.31 to beat Kenya’s Muhammad Khandwalla to the gold by 52 seconds as the 14th edition of the championship entered day-three.
He had earlier clocked 30.87 to claim silver in the 50m backstroke event won by Khandwalla in a time of 30.84.
Making her debut at this stage Selina Katumba had also grabbed; 2 silver with Ben Kaganda (1 silver), Ambala Atuhaire (1 bronze) also on the podium for team Uganda by press time.
Uganda who is competing as guests are using the championship as a build for the CANA Zone 3 Championships slated for Rwanda in December.
Last year at the same championship held in Angola an eight-man Ugandan team won six medals with Tendo Mukalazi, Nabil Saleh, Ambala Atuhaire and Adnan Kabuye winning personal bronze on top of a team silver and a bronze in the relay events.
Uganda is represented by Margaux Rieson, Avice Meya, Nabil Saleh, Fadhil Saleh, Ambala Atuhaire, Katherine Bowmaker, Nicholas Malan, Ben Kaganda and Selina Katumba.
Unlike in 2014 when Uganda hosted the event and finished 6th, they have always been hampered by the small number of swimmers they take on foreign soil because of limited funding.
The championship that has over the years been dominated by South African swimmers continues today before winding up on Saturday.