Team UCU bags 9 gold medals in East Africa University Games

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BY FRED HIDULA

Uganda Christian University (UCU) finished fourth overall bagging 9 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze totaling to  31 medals in the just concluded East Africa University  Games held at Jomo Kenyatta  University of Agriculture and Technology from 16-21, December 2016.

UCU won gold in team events which included basketball  (men and women), netball,  athletics (200m)  (women), long jump (men and women), badminton, shotput (women), taekwondo(Men).

Silver medals were won in discus, relays and stroke mixed double in swimming.

The university won bronze in 100m for both men and women, shotput (women), javelin (men), volleyball (men), and stroke double for men in swimming among others.

Despite finishing fourth overall with a total of  31 medals, team UCU failed to surpass their own impressive record, three years ago when they bagged 13 gold, 15 silver and 14 bronze totaling to  42 medals and finished third overall.

However, the team defended their titles in basketball (men and women) and netball (women), keeping their bragging rights as regional giants intact.

Ndejje University  underlined their prowess winning the competition  for the third  successive campaign and equaling Makerere University’s (MUK) record as five time champions by amassing a total of 94 medals after gathering a whooping 36 gold, 28 silver and 30 bronze medals, in a competition that  had 19 disciplines  and attracted 33 Universities from  Uganda, Tanzania  and  Kenya.

Ugandan Universities dominated the top five medal  table standings with  Kyambogo finishing second ahead of hosts Kenyatta University the only non Ugandan side to finish in top 5 while  UCU came fourth  and Kampala University followed in fifth place.

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