KAMPALA. As the Association of University Sports (AUUS) Games get closer to their climax, hosts Ndejje are firmly regaining strength.
The hosts dominated the athletics events yesterday ensuring they pick at least one medal - four of them gold - in 12 of the 13 events that were concluded on the day.
Sadik Bahati led the charge by claiming gold in the 10000m event with a time of 29:42.00 in the scorching morning heat.
Shortly after, Dorcus Ajok (4:42.50) went for top position in the 1500m where she beat national teammate and local rival Halima Nakayi (4:42.80).
As the heat intensified, so did the demands of the crowds for those who had to sprint on the hard track made of cement and soil.
Eventually, the tension took its toll on some athletes as four five disqualifications were recorded in the 100m alone.
Uganda Christian University’s Adams Kemisa and Bugema’s Scovia Ayikoru, who was a shoo-in for gold were disqualified for false starts in the semifinals.
“We shall win gold and silver unless something strange happens,” Ayikoru’s coach Faustino Kiwa warned before the events. He looked helpless as his prediction went down the drain – indeed something strange had happened.
Ayikoru, however, bounced back to win silver in the 400m behind teammate Shida Leni. Leni also took gold in the 100m at the expense of UCU’s Mary Unyuthfua.
University games: Day THREE - tit bits
Athletics and swimming crowd
Everybody loves racing or to watch a race. At least the fans at the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) Games showed that braving the yesterday’s heat to watch athletics and swimming. Most of them kept to happenings on track and in the pool with a limited few watching the high and long jump. The ball games went on quietly yesterday but with some deciders slated for today, these crowds must keep from one field to another.
The crowds have certainly played a part in hiking the tension of the athletes. The first day of athletics was competitive but the disqualifications came in handy. The worst hit race was the semifinals of the 100m where UCU’s Adams Kemisa – also a footballer and Bugema’s Scovia Ayikoru were disqualified for false starts.
Prossy Nabukeera of Kampala University was also disqualified for a fault during the race. The men were also not spared as IUIU’s Muhammed Wakiri and KIU’s Geoffrey Nyeko were sent for early lunch.
Cazorla keen to learn
Most people know him as the University Football League commentator but Deogratius Nsubuga alias Carzola seems to be following all 17 disciplines with keen interest. His love for football is unwavered and can be told by his dresscode – he is always wearing a replica jersey of either Arsenal or Barcelona. And while he faults the Queen’s language with reckless abandon, he works the fans like no other and admits that he is still learning some sports like basketball and netball.
Away from the well refurbished facilities, Ndejje University has got a calm environment. Most of the campus that is not occupied by tarmac and buildings is green. The surroundings – apart from the dusty roads leading to and fro Bombo Road – are also covered with green grass and a forest of trees that make for cool shades even on hot days. Such is the beauty that the woodball course is also built within the forest.
SELECTED ATHLETICS RESULTS
Sadik Bahati (Ndejje) – 29:42.00
Ezra Mutai (Ndejje) 30:20.8
Ezekiel Letting (KIU) – 9:37.70
Timothy Ongom (KYU) – 9:56.40
Febia Chemutai (Bugema) – 11:59.6
Jane Nabasa (Ndejje) – 12:48.8
Fortunate Turihabwe (Ndejje) – 3:49.49
James Sugira (Ndejje) – 3:50.47
Dorcus Ajok (Ndejje) – 4:42.5
Halima Nakayi (KU) – 4:42.8
William Oroma (UCU) - 47.9
Simon Peter Ongee (Ndejje) - 48.2
Shida Leni (Bugema) – 53.5
Scovia Ayikoru (Bugema) – 55.5
Pius Adome (Muk) 10.4
John Ochira (Ndejje) 10.6
Shida Leni (Bugema) – 12.2
Mary Unyuthfua (UCU) 12.3
Robert Okello 57.17
David Ochaya 55.31
Winnie Anek (Ndejje) 46.74
Evelyn Acan (UCU) 34.73
Long jump men
Francis Oketayot (UCU) – 7.09
George Loketo (Ndejje) 6.81
Long jump women
Mary Unyuthfua (UCU) – 5.79
Evelyn Acan (UCU) – 5.25