Kirabo Scoops Silver at Africa Junior Swimming Championships

The teenager swimmer posted 26:26 to come second and grab a silver medal in the 50m freestyle category. She beat her previous record 26:63 she had set in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

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Uganda’s teenage swimmer Kirabo Namutebi has once again made Uganda proud by scooping a silver medal at the ongoing Cana Africa Junior and Senior Swimming Championships in Accra Ghana.

Fresh from Olympic games, the 16-year-old Namutebi who was in lane three posted 26:26 to grab a silver medal in the 50m freestyle category. She fell to favorite Caitlin De Lange from South Africa who posted 26:18. 

Although she finished second, she was able to set the National record in the category beating her previous record 26:63 she had set in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. 

"I am happy to get a silver, I gave the race  my best,"Kirabo briefly stated.


Uganda Radio Network talked to Kirabo’s mother Hadijja Namanda who expressed excitement about the teenager’s triumph. Namanda said she is very happy that her daughter has won a medal for country but mostly about her consistence after breaking her own national record. 


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Namanda however made it clear that she believes it is still work in progress and she expects more from the teenager whom she describes as focused and still young swimmer.


“She is just sixteen, there is still a lot of work in progress I believe she is going to cut and cut a lot of time and post ore better time," Namanda said. "I Believe by the time she and her brother finish a year in Russia where they are now on scholarship they will be able to bring more medals for their country.” 

Uganda sent a contingent of over seven swimmers at championship, these included Joshua Lumunya, Mubiru Swagiah, Steve Magera, Fadil Saleh, Tendo Mukalazi, Kirabo Namutebi and team captain Adnan Kabuye.


Previously, the junior swimmer faced a set back after she was disqualified for apparently making a dolphin kick fault during the underwater phase when she was participating in the 50m breaststroke. She wanted to defend the gold she won at the 13th CANA Junior Swimming Championships in Tunis, in Tunisia 2019.


She however managed to come back stronger and managed to win a medal.

Namanda said she is very happy for this milestone for her daughter who was unhappy for the earlier disqualification.


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