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Swimmer Tibatemwa finishes 64th of 85

Joshua Tibatemwa a first-year student at Grinnell College gets ready to start a training session at the Russell K. Osgood Pool located in the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center for a possible trip to Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics where he could represent his home country of Uganda. (Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College)

Joshua Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa has just finished 6th in heat 4 of the 50m freestyle swimming event at the ongoing Rio Olympics. His time of 25.98 seconds was outside his national record of  25.54 seconds and placed him 64th out of 85 in the heats.

Only the best 16 at the end of the 11 heats advanced to the semis.

Completed
Athlete Time
1
Hilal Hemed Hilal
Tanzania
23.70s
2
Farhan Farhan
Bahrain
24.61s
3
Samson Opuakpo
Nigeria
24.85s
4
Olim Kurbanov
Tajikistan
25.77s
5
Giordan Harris
Marshall Islands
25.81s
6
Joshua Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa
Uganda
25.98s
7
Billy-Scott Irakoze
Burundi
26.36s
8
Eloi Imaniraguha
Rwanda
26.43s

He was Uganda’s third of Uganda’s 21 athletes to compete. Uganda sent a team of 2 swimmers, 2 boxers and 17 athletes.

Uganda’s day one at the Rio Games ended miserably, with light-heavy weight boxer Kennedy Katende stopped by Briton Joshua Buatsi while swimmer Jamila Lunkuse was 40th of 44, in the heats of the 100m breast-stroke.

Joshua Tibatemwa a first-year student at Grinnell College trains in the Russell K. Osgood Pool located in the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center for a possible trip to Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics where he could represent his home country of Uganda May 9, 2016. (Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College)
Tibatemwa a first-year student at Grinnell College in the US trains earlier in the year. (PHOTOS by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College)
Tibatemwa holds the national record for the race. At the International Swimming Federation World Championships in Kazan, Russia last year, Tibatemwa set two national records for Uganda and achieved his personal best in the 50 freestyle (25.54 seconds) and 50 breaststroke (33.00 seconds).

 

Rest of team Uganda’s Schedule

Friday August 12
Athletics 5pm
Juliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final 

Saturday August 13
Boxing 11.45pm

Men’s flyweight  Round of 32

Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)

Saturday August 13
Athletics 4pm
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1
Peruth Chemutai

10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)
Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei

Sunday August 14
Women’s marathon final 3.30pm
Nyakisi Adero

Monday August 15 
Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1 – 4.25pm
Benjamin Kiplagat and Jacob Araptany
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Women 3000m Steeplechase final 5.15pm

Tuesday August 16 
Women’s 5000m round 1 – 3.30pm
Juliet Chekwel and Stella Chesang

Men’s 1500m round 1 – 4-30pm
Ronald Musagala

Wed August 17 
Men’s 5000m round 1 – 4.05pm
Jacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei

Women’s 800m round 1 – 4.55pm
Halimah Nakaayi and Winnie Nanyondo

Men’s Steeplechase final

Thursday August 18 
Men’s 1500m semifinal
Women 800m semifinal

Friday August 19 
Women’s 5000m final

Saturday August 20 
Men’s 1500m final
Women’s 800m final
Men’s 5000m final 3.30pm
Jacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei

Sunday August 21 
Men’s Marathon final 3.30pm
Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich

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