Just a day after Joshua Cheptegei tore into a Kenyan field to win 10,000m gold at the World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA, Uganda has made a meal of the East African neighbours again. Wilson Tukire, Edwin Ekiring, Margaret Nankabirwa and Daisy Nakalyango combined to edge Kenya 3-2 in the Badminton Mixed Team events yesterday.
The win in which Ekiring’s professional credentials came to the fore, put Uganda in a good position to qualify for the quarterfinals from Group B. The Ugandans were last night playing group favourites India, who eased past Ghana in their opener. “It’s good we have won but we would have preferred a 5-0 score to stand a better chance of making the quarterfinals in case we lose one of our encounters,” Team Uganda coach William Kabindi remarked.
Other Ugandans were, however, not lucky on day one. Local squash top seed Michael Kawooya was eliminated from the singles at the second round while his compatriot Ian Rukunya bowed out at the first hurdle. Swimmers Jamila Lunkuse and Arnold Kisulo set national records but couldn’t advance.
Table tennis players were also outclassed by hosts Scotland.