Uganda’s Husnah Kukundakwe returns home with the assurance that she gave it her all at the World Para-Swimming Championships that climaxed yesterday in London, United Kingdom.
Kukundakwe, 12, was the youngest swimmer at the championship but the weight of the competition and seniority of her colleagues did not stop her from posting personal bests (PB) in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Yesterday, she added to her 100m free 1:24.85 PB posted last Monday, with a 38.14 in the 50m free.
She was over right seconds behind Portugal’s Susana Veiga with 29.76 but certainly performed to her expectations and way better than Nepal’s Sarita Thulung who posted 1:08.76.
Kukundakwe’s request to her mother and manager Hashima Batamuriza, to have coach Muzafaru Muwanguzi accompany them to London seems to have paid off in her performance.
The adaptive swimmer had in May gone to the World Series in Singapore, where she was classified, without a coach due to financial difficulties and left thinking she could have done better. Batamuriza ended up doing coaching duties.
The Dolphins Swim Club S9 swimmer will hope to have done enough to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, perhaps, on a wild card.
From our research, the swimmer fits the minimum criteria for obtaining the universality slot after been internationally classified in May 2019 way before the June 1, 2020 deadline among other things.