Olympics: Rower Kathleen Noble Finishes 5th, headed for Repechage

Ugandan Rower Kathleen Grace Noble has emerged 5th in the women’s single sculls race and now set for a repechage in her next outing on Saturday.

A repechage is a contest in which the best-placed of those who failed to win heats compete for a place in the final.

“I am so grateful and i want to thank God for this great performance that i was among the fastest people in my heat and i wasn’t expecting to be one of those,” Noble said.

“Tomorrow will be a big day for me as i go for another race and will be waiting to see how that goes.”

Sanita Puspuse from Ireland won the race with 7:46:08 followed by Kenia Lechuga from Mexico 7:54:21 as Anneta Kyridou from Greece came third with 7:54:28.

Then Ugandan Noble came fifth with 8:25:85 below Trinidad and Tobago’s Felice Aisha Chow with 8:02:02.

Kathleen Grace Noble is a daughter of a missionary doctor and a teacher became the first rower to represent Uganda at the summe’s Tokyo Olympics.

Her appearance is historical becoming the country’s first-ever competitor in a rowing event at Olympics.

In October 2019, Kathleen Noble went into Uganda’s history books when she became the first Ugandan to qualify for the Olympics in rowing, a fast growing sports discipline in the country.

Noble booked her ticket to Tokyo in a qualification event that was held in Tunisia where she finished among the top five who qualified in the single scull category.



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