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Kukundakwe Buoyant After Spectacular Performance At Tokyo Paralympics

Uganda’s contingent from the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has returned home with the latest arrivals being the sprinter Peace Oroma and swimmer Husnah Kukundakwe.

It is particularly joy unconfined at the family home of Uganda’s prodigious para swimmer, Kukundakwe, whose amazing story at the games has left many around the world inspired.

The 14-year old made history by becoming Uganda’s first swimmer to ever qualify on merit for either the Olympics or Paralympics summer games.

She took it a step further by becoming the youngest athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics but also the first Ugandan to grace the pre games press conference.

“It was a dream come true for me. Twelve years ago, I didn’t know that one day I would be an olympian but now I am a proud olympian,” Husnah told the SportsNation.

“Finishing sixth on my first attempt means the future is bright for me and honestly, I just can’t wait for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris,” She adds.

At the games where Uganda sent four athletes, Husnah Kukundakwe was the flag bearer for the pearl of Africa at the opening ceremony; an iconic achievement only explained by her mother and chaperone, Hashima Batamuriza.

“Am proud of my daughter and so grateful for the exposure she got at the Paralympics in Tokyo. I will continue to support her as a parent till she fulfills her dream,” Hashima confessed in an interview with SportsNation.

Husnah finished sixth in her heat during the games, epitomizing what came to be an epic performance despite the fact that this wasn’t followed with progressing to the next round.

The fact that the youngster improved her Performance time in the SB8 100meters breaststroke by two seconds is worth writing home about indeed.

Husnah’s heritage is rooted in sport as explained by her grandfather Juma Abdu Biramahiire, a golfer at his prime who missed being part of the 800 meters of the 1964 Olympics by just two seconds.

She will now take a break to regroup but continues to promise not to rest on her laurels as she pursues success.


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