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Ugandan rower Noble concludes Olympic Games as Africa's 2nd best

Kathleen Grace Noble

Kathleen Grace Noble

Uganda’s first Olympic rower Kathleen Noble Grace has concluded her Tokyo Olympic journey with a second position finish in the Women single sculls final E 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 games. 

After finishing a distant 3rd in heat 3 of the Repechage which buried her chances of qualifying for the main quarter-finals, and thus missing out in a medal chase, Noble qualified for the E 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. Overall, 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.

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