Kenya 2,676.5 points
South Africa 2,186
After what he termed as a successful performance at the Cana Zone 3&4 Championships, Uganda Swimming President Don Rukare projects a great future for the amateur aquatics sport in Uganda.
Team Uganda spurred by 12 year-old Saleh Nabil’s paramount performance (54points, 9 gold medals) amassed 1375 points and winning 31 medals at the four-day event held at Kampala Parents School, Kololo that climaxed on Sunday.
“Its been a gradual process and we are finally realizing fruit. Our young swimmers have shown alot of potential going forward,” Rukare told Red Pepper on Sunday.
“Gone are the days when we would not even afford to win a medal at Cana.
“We have come a long way to put up such a performance,” Uganda head coach Muzamiru Muwanguzi complimented him at the closing ceremony.
Uganda finished 6th overall, their best ever performance and produced the overall best male swimmer in the 12&under age group in Saleh Nabil while UK based Kimberley Hindu was Uganda’s best female participant with eight medals, four of them gold.
Kenya clinched the title with 2,676.5 points followed by South Africa on 2,186. Zambia, Angola and Mauritius followed closely.
The 12th edition of the CANA Zone III and IV swimming championships has attracted ten nations they include Angola, Burundi, Seychelles, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and was sponsored by the Nabagereka Development Foundation, Mulwana Group of Companies, Kampala Parents’School, Gems Cambridge International School Uganda, Centenary Bank, Coca Cola, Midland Group, Umeme, GOtv and Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools.