Ugandan swimmer Atuhaire Ogola Ambala finished seventh in third of nine heats in the competitive 100m freestyle event held July 27 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan.
The swimmer stayed with the crowd- posting a 25.44 split after the first 50m but slightly lost ground to finish the event with a time of 54.23 seconds.
Ambala’s pride will be hurt a bit as he was beaten by the heat’s winner and Kenyan entrant Rosafio Danilo (52.54). Burundi’s Belly-Cresus Ganira came eighth with 54.33.
The Ugandan’s personal best and entry time was the impressive 53.89 national record he made at the World Championships in Gwangju – South Korea in 2019 to earn a universality slot in Tokyo.
But a lot has changed since as the world was hit by Covid-19 – a disease Ambala also had to battle three weeks to today’s race – thereby disrupting his training and build-up competitions to the Olympics.
Prior to today, he had competed just once in almost two years – at the Cana Swim Camp held in South Africa, where he managed 54.59 in the finals.
Ambala, however, came with some added pressure as no Ugandan had attempted the 100m free at the Olympics since female swimmer Supra Singhal managed 1:08.15 21 years ago at Sydney 2000.
The last male swimmer to try it out was Daniel Mulumba (1:07.86) in 1984.