Emong in Paralympic 1,500m Final

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Uganda first participated at the Paralympic Games in 1972 with two athletes in javelin and shot-put.

Uganda’s David Emong takes to the field this evening in the final of the 1,500m T46 at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The 21-year old who finished fourth in Heat 2 on Saturday will have to be at his best to beat the likes of the Abraham Tarbei and Jonah Chesun Kipkemoi from Kenya and Algeria’s Samir Nouioua.

As Emong battles in the final, Christine Akullo will have to wait for the 100m T13 heats on Thursday after she failed to start in the 400m T13 final on Monday night. Mpindi Bumali, the President of Uganda Paralympic Committee told URN on phone from London that Akullo didn’t start on Monday because she was not feeling well.

The race was won by Cuba’s Durand Omara, while Bousaid Somaya from Tunisia came second. The London Paralympics, which climaxes on September 9, is the biggest in the Games’ 52-year history with 4,200 athletes competing in 503 medal events up from 3,951 competitors in Beijing four years ago.

Among the 20 Paralympics sports includes; athletics, swimming, cycling, wheelchair rugby, and goal-ball in which visually-impaired athletes play with a ball embedded with a bell. Uganda first participated at the Paralympic Games in 1972 with two athletes in javelin and shot-put. Uganda was also present in the 1976 Games being absent until 1996.