Ekirikubinza sets personal best

Wednesday August 5 2015

By MAKHTUM MUZIRANSA

KAMPALA. Ugandan swimmer Joshua Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza managed to set a new personal best record in the 50m breaststroke event at the Fina World Championships in Kazan, Russia yesterday.
Ekirikubinza clocked 33:00 in heat three at the Worlds Cup, 72 seconds off the 33:72 he set for a personal best last year at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. “Josh is no joke. He just broke his own record and the whole team here witnessed this new piece of history live,” Team Uganda coach Ibrahim Mapetla said. While local swimmers are under no pressure to deliver medals at the Worlds, before the trip to Kazan Ekirikubinza was very vocal about the need to post better times and put themselves within a chance of making the Olympics due next year in Brazil. His feat comes at a time when Mapetla is tipping Arnold Kisulo and Jamila Lunkuse to perform better than they did on Monday. They wouldn’t have wished for any better motivation.
The two were less fortunate in the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke events respectively but remain positive ahead of their final races on Saturday.

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