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Ugandan Rower Grace Kathleen Nobel Finishes 5th In Olympics
Grace Kathleen Nobel adjusting the oar.

Ugandan Rower Grace Kathleen Nobel Finishes 5th In Olympics

The only Ugandan Rowing athlete at the Japan Olympics, Grace Kathleen Nobel finished 5th in Heat 2 of Women’s Single Sculls.

This happened during the opening round of the event at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan on Friday.

Kathleen posted a time of 8:25:85, beating Singapore’s Joan Poh who finished last. Kathleen, who is Uganda’s first-ever rower at the games said she is relieved to have overcome the first stage.

‘’I think today went well…I was very relieved this morning. Often on race days I wake up and I feel very sick and I have no appetite but this morning I woke up and I felt good. On the starting blocks usually, I’m shaking but today I wasn’t,’’ Kathleen told Ugandan Olympic Committee (UOC) media team.

Grace Kathleen Nobel further said she is happy with the result and she is very happy about how the race went.

In addition to that, she said there are a lot of very fast people in her heat and she didn’t expect to beat any of them. She, however, emerged 5th out of 6 people.

Sanita Puspuse from Ireland won the race with a time of 7:46:08 followed by Kenia Lechuga from Mexico with a time of 7:54:21.

The Repechange event will happen Saturday, 24 July and will form a pathway to the finals of the main event. Uganda has previously won 7 medals at the Olympics with the last one coming in 2012.

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