With the curtain closing on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, it’s now time for the officials to play. Uganda’s officials have been enabling the smooth running of the schedule of Uganda’s athletes at the games and thanks to their efforts, the challenges that the teams had responsible people to give answers.
Uganda’s Commonwealth Games officials turn tourists in England (Photos)
Team Uganda had a contingent of 45 officials and 85 athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
Newly appointed sports minister Peter Ogwang, yet to swear in for the new position joined the officials led by outgoing minister Hamson Obua.
From visiting landmarks to enjoy Premier League matches live in the stadiums, the Uganda’s officials are making the most of their time in United Kingdom.
On the track, Uganda scooped three gold medals and two bronze to finish 15th overall and 4th in Africa in the final medal standings. One bronze medal came from boxing.
Long distance athlete Victor Kiplangat set the ball rolling registering Uganda’s first medal winning gold in the men’s marathon. Kiplangat posted a brilliant finish of 2:10:54.
Jacob Kiplimo made up for Joshua Cheptegei’s absence and won both the 5,000m and 10,000m races. Cheptegei was ruled out due to injury he sustained at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
Kiplimo had to beat strong competition from Kenya contenders in both finals.
In 10,000m, he posted 27:09:19 ahead of Kenya's Daniel Ebenyo and Kibiwott Kandie. The win made it Uganda's fifth gold medal at the 10,000m finals in a row.
Boniface Kiprop opened the gold medal podium to Uganda in 2005 Melbourne, Moses Kipsiro won it back-to-back in 2010 New Delhi and 2014 Glasglow and Joshua Cheptegei, the 2018 Gold Coast.
In the 5,000m finals, he clocked a time of 13.08.08 to eclipse Kenyan duo of Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli and Jacob Krop who settled for silver and bronze respectively.
Peruth Chemutai suffered a nasty fall in the 3,000m Steeplechase finals to settle for a bronze medal. Before the unfortunate incident, she seemed destined for either gold or a silver.
Teddy Nakimuli won bronze in boxing making her Uganda’s first woman to achieve the feat.