Noble 26, posted 8:07:00 behind Final E race winner Tula Abujbara from Qatar who posted 8:00:22 to make her the second fastest Africa rower in the summer games.
Kathleen ranks 2nd in Africa. Courtesy Picture
Uganda’s International rower Kathleen Noble Grace has concluded
her Tokyo Olympic Journey after coming second in a more competitive Final of
women single sculls at Sea Forest Waterway Tokyo.
Noble 26, posted 8:07:00 behind Final E race winner Tula Abujbara from Qatar
who posted 8:00:22 to make her the second-fastest Africa rower in the summer
After finishing a distant 3rd in Heat Three of the Repechage which buried her
chances of qualifying for quarter-finals, and thus missing out in a medal
chase, Noble qualified for a semi-final.
In the semi-final, Noble finished second posting 8:31.67 behind
familiar face Tula Abujbara who posted 8:24.24 which qualified her to the final
E in battle good rankings in her 2000m rowing race.
The US-based rower also improved her personal best time in the sport which was
8:21.85, she posted this time when she placed fifth in heat 2 of women single
sculls in the opening race.
Noble ranks 2nd in Africa behind Namibia’s rower Maike Diekmann, who
finished 5th in her quarterfinals. Over role, the Ugandan rower finished 26th
in the games.
Noble’s qualification and participation remain historical being the first-ever
rower to represent Uganda in the Olympic Games. The best time she posted
remains Uganda’s first-ever rowing mark in the Olympic Games.