Halima Nakaayi lit up Uganda’s performance at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan by winning silver in the women’s 800m finals on Wednesday evening.
Nakaayi clocked 2:01.60 in the finals which was an improvement from 2:02.97 in the heats to finish behind Morocco’s gold winner Malika Akkaoui.
“I am very happy for the silver although my target was gold,” Nakaayi said in a video that was posted on the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) twitter handle yesterday.
“Overall, I am encouraged by this medal to work harder to qualify for the World Championships in London. I only need to cut off a few microseconds from the time I made here to hit the qualification time (2:01.00).”
Her luck rubbed onto teammates Shida Leni and Abu Salim Mayanja who qualified for the finals of the women’s 400m (today) and men’s 1500m finals respectively.
Mayanja finished 6th in the 800m finals clocking 1:47.17 yesterday but has a chance to redeem himself when he competes in the 1500m this morning.
In tennis David Oringa lost 7-5 6-1 to Malaysia’s Abdul Razaq Deedat just after Ugandan top seed Duncan Mugabe had worked hard to see off Pakistan’s Aqeel Khan 6-3 2-6 7-6 in the first round of the men’s singles on Wednesday.
Mugabe went on to beat Benin’s Magloire Yakpa 6-3 6-3 yesterday to set up a quarterfinal with Morocco’s Amine Ahouda. However, the two Ugandans lost their first round doubles match to Jordan duo Hamzeh Al-Aswad and MousaAlkotop.
In swimming, there were personal bests for Ronald Daisuke Ssegwanyi in the 50m freestyle (27:31), 50m breaststroke (34:56) and 50m butterfly (29:35 after clocking 29:37 in the heats).
Avice Meya also improved her time in the 50m free (29:87) and 100m fly (1:19.74). However, she was disqualified in the finals of 200m fly.