Boxing and Athletics continue to bring medals for Uganda at Commonwealth Games

Victor Kiplangat

Sports categories of Athletics and Boxing have continued to dominate as Uganda’s major success stories in the Commonwealth Games.

To put it into perspective, Uganda has won medals at the stage only in athletics and boxing categories from the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games.

Jacob Kiplimo was the star of Uganda’s show, winning 2 gold medals in the men’s 5000m and 10,000m finals.

Victor Kiplangat also secured his gold in the men’s marathon to make it three, followed by two bronze medals by ladies Peruth Chemutai and Teddy Nakimuli.

Chemutai won the women’s 3000m steeplechase while Nakimuli claimed the women’s light flyweight medal despite losing to Northern Ireland boxer Carly McNaul unanimously on all five judges’ scorecards.

These milestones marked an improving performance of female athletes as this was the first time two ladies won medals for Uganda at the events.

Uganda’s Ruth Kyalisima and Dorcus Inzikuru were the only female winners to ever walk away with medals before Teddy and Chemutai.

Kyalisima won silver in the 1982 Brisbane games in the women’s 400m hurdles final while Inzikuru won Gold in the 2006 Melbourne games in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase final.

Overall, Uganda’s success took her fourth on the Africa medal tally table with 5 medals, behind Kenya (16), South Africa (27), and Nigeria (33).

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