Tuesday, July 27
*Swimming: Ambala Atuhaire Ogola
*Event: Men’s 100m freestyle (Heat 2)
Venue: Tokyo Aquatics Centre
TV Channel: Sanyuka TV (StarTimes)
Uganda’s Swimmer Ambala Atuhaire Ogola will be hoping to impress when he makes his “dream” Olympics debut on Tuesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
The Dolphins Swimmer will be competing in the Men’s 100m freestyle where he will be targeting to skip the first hurdle.
Coached by Muzafaru Muwanguzi, Ambala who will take centre centre stage in Heat 2, will progress to the semifinals if he finishes among the best 16 from all the nine heats on Tuesday.
“Training has been going on well,” he said on Monday.
“I have been working on the final details with my coach, working on the speed, some skills and drills and I am looking forward to getting my racing.”
The youngster who turned 20 this April, qualified to the games as a Wild Card alongside Kirabo Numutebi.
His entry time is 53.89 seconds but will have to finish below the 49-second mark to have a chance of progressing to the next stage.
He has never been at the Olympics stage but competed at the 2019 World Championship in Guangju where he recorded the 53.89 seconds.
He posted 54.59 at the 2019 African Games in Casablanca, an improvement from the 56.55 seconds at the 2018 African Championships in Algiers.
He also represented Uganda at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2017 in Bahamas.
Did You Know? – Ambala Atuhaire is the 2018 and 2019 USPA Male Swimmer of the Year.
Who is Ambala Atuhaire?
Ambala comes from a small Village in Karongo, Hoima.
Born on April 26 2001 to Monday Busingye and Chris Ambala.
He attended Strathmore school, Aga Khan academy both in Nairobi then British International School, Phuket.
He recently told The-SportsNation that he started Swimming when he was 18 MONTHS old to “mitigate my asthma.”
He embarked on competitive swimming at the age of six and has never looked back.
He has been mainly based in Kenya among other countries but “I have regularly been coming to Uganda during my holidays to visit my family and even to train and compete.”
Growing up, he harboured an Olympics dream: “Well when I was young, I used to enjoy training and competing,” he added during an exclusive interview with The-SportsNation.
“Then after watching the 2008 Olympics I made it a goal of mine to one day compete at the Olympic games.”
“My family has been helpful to me throughout my journey as they have continued to support me and motivate me. Financially by paying for training and emotionally.”
Other Ugandan Swimmers To Have Competed At Olympics:
Joshua Tibatemwa was the last male swimmer to represent the country in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
He posted 25:98 seconds in the 50 metres free style which is Uganda’s best time in the males category in Olympics ever.
In the ladies category, Jamila Lunkuse is a two-time Olympian both in Rio de Janerio where she made 1:19:64 in women’s 100 breaststroke and 28:44 in 50 metres freestyle in the 2012 London Olympics.
Lunkuse stands out as Uganda’s best female swimmer at the Olympic games.
Other swimmers that have been at the olympics before include Joe Atuhaire and Supra Singhal who competed at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia.
Edgar Luberenga in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens Greece.
Gilbert Kaburu and Olivier Aya Nakitanda in the 2008 Olympic games held in Beijing China.
Ganzi Mugura was at the 2012 London Olympic games.