Uganda and Her Best Performances at the Commonwealth Games: Boxers and Track Athletes within the 1970's

Uganda and Her Best Performances at the Commonwealth Games: Boxers and Track Athletes within the 1970's


Introduction 
It was at the Commonwealth of countries Games of 1970 and 1974, that were command within the town capital in European country and in Christchurch in New Sjaelland severally, that Uganda's competitors were most victorious at these quadrennial events.

In 1970, Republic of Uganda's performance in boxing was the foremost ascension with Uganda winning 3 gold medals (James Odwori, Mohamed Muruli, and Benson Masanda) and 2 silver medals (Leo Rwabwogo and Deogratias Musoke). the opposite medals won for Republic of Uganda were on the track--William Koskei's prize within the four hundred meters-hurdles, and Judith Ayaa's decoration within the women's four hundred meters. Republic of Uganda performed equally well at the Commonwealth Games of 1970.

Bronze medal wins in boxing, at the Commonwealth

 Games command in Kingston in Jamaica in 1966, by Alex Odhiambo, Mathias Ouma, and Benson Ocan were indication that Republic of Uganda was moving up in international amateur boxing ranks. Uganda's performance at the Commonwealth Games, four years earlier (1962) in state capital in Australia, witnessed Republic of Uganda win her 1st Commonwealth gold by approach of heavyweight boxer Saint George Oywello. additionally spectacular at the venue were the boxing decoration wins by John Sentongo and future national army commander and Olympic member Francis Nyangweso, and also the prize won by future national boxing trainer Kesi Odongo. To buttress Uganda's confidence within the realm of boxing were Uganda's 1st and solely Olympic award wins, at the 1968 venue Mexican capital, by boxers Leo Rwabwogo and Eridadi Mukwanga--a bronze and prize severally. that's in spite of the lofty Olympic decision making of 1968 and later 1972 that was apparently touched with racial bias and favoritism.

Edinburgh, European country 1970 
At the 1970 Commonwealth of countries Games, the juvenile James Odwori was Uganda's boxing challenger within the flyweight division. the start was quite simple for Odwori, on condition that he wasn't drawn among the four out of the full ten flyweights that may fight within the preliminary rounds on July seventeenth. Since the full numbers of competitors within the terribly low and also the terribly high weight divisions were comparatively fewer, several were mechanically placed within the next round--the quarter finals. the primary flyweight quarter-finals bout was on July twentieth. Odwori beat Anthony Kerr of host-country European country, on points, and earned  his price tag to the semi-finals. within the semi-finals that concerned four contenders, Odwori was once more regular to box up the primary bout. By a majority points call, Odwori imposingly beat Irishman Abrams of England, on July twenty second and was through to the finals! Odwori would go on to beat Anthony Davis of Wales by points, to win Uganda's 1st 1970 Commonwealth Games medallion. Odwori had imposingly set the quality for Republic of Uganda boxers. He boxed for the Republic of Uganda Prisons and also the national groups for over 10 years to return and later went back to his native Kenya|African country|African nation}|African country|African nation} wherever he became Kenya Prisons boxing coach and later Kenya national coach.

The flyweight division concerned twelve contenders 

at the Commonwealth Games of 1970. similar to Odwori, Uganda's competitor Leo Rwabwogo fortunately bypassed the preliminary spherical of July seventeenth specified he would 1st fight as a quarter-finalist. On July twentieth Leo Rwabwogo was place within the quarter-finals to fight Leon Nissen (whose twin Henry was additionally a boxer) of Australia. The referee stopped the competition within the second spherical, a TKO in favor of Rwabwogo, permitting Rwabwogo to maneuver on the semi-finals. On July twenty second, Rwabwogo was placed within the 1st bantamweight semi-final bout with opponent eighteen year-old David Larmour of eire WHO would later become associate Olympian and skilled boxer. Rwabwogo won by a majority points call. For the finals, Rwabwogo would battle with future skilled and English person David (Dave) Needham of Nottingham. Needham competently outpointed Rwabwogo by 4-1, permitting Rwabwogo to accept the prize. The medallion had eluded Rwabwogo at the Olympic Games in Mexican capital wherever he settled for bronze; and within the forthcoming athletic competition of 1972 that were command in urban center in Deutschland, Rwabwogo would once more come short of the large win when being defeated within the finals. however famous Rwabwogo remains Uganda's solely double-Olympic medallists and also the solely Ugandan to possess captured medals at each the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Uganda's bantamweight competitor Eridadi Mukwanga

 had at the Olympic Games of 1968 in Mexican capital cemented history by changing into the nation's 1st Olympic silver medallist. At these Commonwealth Games in capital, Rwabwogo was within the preceding bout of the bantamweight division regular to fight Joe Cooke of North American nation. Mukwanga wasn't ready to live up to his fame and expectations, defeated by points by Joe Cooke of North American nation on July eighteenth. Cooke would in a while even be kicked out of award competition, once he was defeated by Stewart Ogilvie of European country, when the referee stopped the bout within the 1st spherical.

In the featherweight division Uganda's Deogratias Musoke strutted his feathers. At the preliminaries, on July eighteenth, Musoke was cavitied against unexpected G. Marisa of United Republic of Tanzania. The bout went in favor of Musoke when the referee halted the competition within the second spherical. On July twenty first, within the quarter-finals, Musoke touched on to the semi-finals when beating Eddie Pritchard of Wales by points. For the semi-finals was regular to fulfill with Pakistan's Abdul Samad Mir. The fight didn't fall out as a result of Samad Mir was unable to fight. It became a straightforward walkover in favor of Musoke. The consolation for Islamic Republic of Pakistan was that Mir's decoration was the only one for the state at this Commonwealth Games' venue. Also, Samad Mir remains one amongst the foremost noted of Pakistani boxers. within the 1970's he was declared "Best Boxer of Asia." He joined the military and retired as a light colonel. He additionally coached the Pakistani's Army Boxing still as National groups. Samad emeer gave up the ghost in might 2009.

In the finals, Musoke would face Kenya's long boxing legend Philip Waruinge whose boxing accolades embrace multiple medals at each the Commonwealth and also the Olympic Games. Deogratias Musoke, defeated on points within the finals on July twenty fourth, was awarded the featherweight boxing prize.

The preliminary light-weight bout on July eighteenth,

 between Uganda's juvenile Joseph Nsubuga and Olympian Kenneth Mwansa of Zambia, resulted in associate early farewell for Nsubuga WHO was defeated by points.

Mohamed Muruli, one amongst Uganda's master boxers, had as a light-weight been placed fifth overall at the athletic competition of 1968 in Mexican capital. This time, Muruli would represent Republic of Uganda as a lightweight welterweight. there have been twelve competitors during this division and Muruli was lucky to be drawn into the quarter-finals and thus precede fighting within the preliminaries of July seventeenth. within the quarter-finals, persevered July twentieth, Muruli outpointed Reginald Forde of Guyana. Forde remains one amongst the foremost noted Guyanese boxers. On Sept fourteenth 1978, Reggie Forde was as knowledgeable fighter knocked come in the fifth spherical by famous Republic of Uganda boxer Ayub Kalule, within the pursue country Empire Commonwealth title.

On July twenty second, within the semi-finals, 

hard-hitting Muruli defeated future Olympian Odartey Lawson of African nation once the referee stopped the fight within the 1st spherical. Muruli touched on to win the gold for Republic of Uganda when outpointing Dave Davis of Wales on July twenty fourth.

The welterweight division witnessed Uganda's Olympian Saint Andrew the Apostle Kajjo eliminate dramatist Chansa of Zambia by points on July seventeenth 1970. succeeding year Chansa would flip skilled and in April 1974 he would die from brain injuries presently when being knocked out by Scotland's Don McMillan in a very middleweight bout. On Gregorian calendar month twentieth, Emma Ankudey of African nation would mar Kajjo's pursue a award by beating him by points within the quarter-finals. Ankudey would eventually win the medallion and additionally represent African nation at the athletic competition of 1972 in metropolis.

Uganda's racial light-middleweight boxing champion David Jackson was drawn to begin fighting within the quarter-finals, and not fight among the eight competitors within the preliminaries. As a youngster Jackson was placed fifth overall in among the light-middleweight competitors at the athletic competition of 1968 in Mexican capital. now in capital, Jackson didn't go way, on condition that on July twentieth the referee halted the bout within the 1st spherical in favor of Tom Imrie of European country. Imrie had won the Commonwealth prize at the previous venue of Kingston in Jamaica and he remains a noted Scottish boxer. Imrie would be the ultimate medallion winner now in capital, and thenceforth go on to skilled fighting. His record as knowledgeable fighter was mediocre. David Jackson would once more fight for Republic of Uganda at the forthcoming athletic competition (1972) in metropolis, and be placed ninth overall within the welterweight division.

The juvenile John Opio touched on to the quarter-finals,

 when defeating future skilled boxer Billy might of Wales, by points on July twentieth within the preliminary rounds of the middleweight division. however within the quarter-finals, against Samuel Kasongo of Zambia, Opio was eliminated when the referee stopped the competition within the third spherical. Opio would represent Republic of Uganda at the forthcoming athletic competition in urban center.

The preliminaries of the sunshine heavyweight division concerned the second-round disqualification of Commonwealth bronze medallist and 2-time Olympian Saint George Mathias Ouma at the hands of Johnny Reb Banham of England on July eighteenth.

Because there have been solely seven contestants within the heavyweight division, and 6 were placed within the quarter-finals. it had been Uganda's Benson Masanda, among the seven boxers, WHO hit the jackpot by mechanically being placed within the next level--the semi-finals! The quarter-finals happened on July twentieth. within the semi-finals on July twenty second, Masanda defeated Canada's Jack Meda by disqualification in spherical two. within the finals, on July twenty fourth, Masanda won gold by defeating John McKinty of eire by points. Compared to all or any Uganda's boxing participants, Masanda had won the gold in quite a simple and unconventional approach. this might be Uganda's second Commonwealth Games' medallion, following that of Saint George Oywello in 1962 in state capital in Australia.

Courtesy of the ultimate tally of gold medals won by

 James Odwori, Mohamed Muruli, and Benson Masanda; and silver medals won by Leo Rwabwogo and Deogratias Musoke Republic of Uganda had convincingly emerged as Commonwealth of Nations' boxing championships. This was the primary collective international finish for Republic of Uganda, and also the nation rejoicingly looked forward to a lot of triumphs at the international level. the remainder of Uganda's medals were simply two: the prize won by William "Bill" Koskei within the four hundred meters-hurdles, and also the decoration won by Judith Ayaa within the four hundred meters-sprint. the full of 3 gold, 3 silver, and one decoration placed Republic of Uganda as ninth overall at this Commonwealth tournament with seven medals. however would Republic of Uganda's boxers fare within the next Commonwealth venue that may be Christchurch in New Sjaelland in 1974? There had been a military coup in Uganda, commander Idi Amin became president, the regime became disreputable for killings and disappearances of nationals and even foreigners. Anxiety loomed on whether or not unfavorable social and political factors would translate to dissatisfactory performances within the realm of sports. And yes, several aspects of sports deteriorated throughout the regime of Idi Amin, and also the pool of potential and current athletes was reduced. however however would Republic of Uganda fare in Christchurch, 2 years to the day into the regime of Idi Amin?

Christchurch, New Sjaelland 1974 

Christchurch hosted the Commonwealth of Nations' Games from January twenty fourth to February ordinal, 1974. The boxing flyweight division saw the returning of the gold medallist James Odwori of Republic of Uganda. within the quarter-finals, on January twenty eighth, Odwori knocked out Tanzanian Olympian Bakari Selemani (Seleman) within the second spherical. The semi-finals, persevered January thirty first witnessed Odwori defeat Singapore's Syed Abdul Kadir by points. Kadir remains one amongst Singapore's most famous fighters, and was named "Sportsman of the Year" when his Commonwealth Games' decoration win.

The finals of the sunshine flyweight division were command of February first. This time, Odwori would be cavitied against Kenyan Sir Leslie Stephen Muchoki WHO remains one amongst Kenya's most noted boxers. The comparatively shorter Muchoki outpointed the champion Odwori, deed Odwori to accept silver. Muchoki would with success defend his Commonwealth gold at the forthcoming venue provincial capital in North American nation, in 1978. His illustrious career additionally enclosed the prize win at the planet Amateur Championships in national capital in 1974, and later the gold within the tournament that was hosted by capital of {yugoslavia|national capital} in Yugoslavia in 1978. Muchoki would thenceforth enter the skilled ranks and even become continent Boxing Union champion. however he unsuccessful in his pursue the eu title and also the World Boxing Association title, and he retired from boxing throughout the late 1980's.

In the quarter-finals of the flyweight division, on January twenty ninth, Ugandan John Byaruhanga knocked-out John Lawless of European country within the second spherical. however within the semi-finals, January thirty first, Byaruhanga was defeated on points by Olympian Chandra Narayanan of India. Byaruhanga therefore settled with the decoration.

Uganda's bantamweight Ali Rojo was drawn as a quarter-finalist to fight Olympian Habibu (Habib) Kinyogoli of United Republic of Tanzania on January twenty eighth. Rojo won by points and touched on to the semi-finals. Kinyogoli remains one amongst the foremost illustrious of Tanzania's boxer and he's a boxing trainer.

The January thirty first bantamweight semi-final was

 in favor of Rojo, by points, deed Kenyan patriarch Kuria Maina to travel home with the bronze. within the finals, on February first, St. Patrick "Pat" Cowdell of England killed Ali Rojo's pursue the gold by winning by points. Rojo had won the second boxing award for Republic of Uganda. A noted British boxer, Cowdell would build a powerful boxing career throughout that he became a ecu Union champion. however he didn't win in his fighting for a world title.

Uganda's featherweight challenger was Shadrack (Shadrah? Shadrach?) Odhiambo. On January twenty ninth, within the quarter-finals, young future Olympian and long-time fighter Odhiambo outpointed Colin Flinn of England. Odhiambo would later as a lightweight welterweight fight for Sweden and win her a decoration at the planet Amateur Championships in 1982 in urban center. Odhiambo additionally fought for Sweden within the 1980 (Moscow) and 1984 (Los Angeles) athletic competition. He didn't win any Olympic medals.

In the Christchurch Commonwealth games semi-final, Odhiambo competently defeated vale Anderson of North American nation by points on January thirty first. However, the finals, on February first witnessed seasoned Commonwealth Games' champion Eddie Ndukwu of African nation win the medallion on a points call. Odhiambo had won Uganda's third boxing silver medal! Ndukwu would presently flip skilled and even reign as geographical area (Commonwealth) featherweight champion. Ndukwu remains among the a lot of formidable names among Nigerian boxers.

On January twenty seventh, within the preliminaries, 

a regionally standard and heavily promising twenty year-old light-weight lad Ayub Kalule climbed into the ring to challenge Tanzanian William Lyimo WHO was identical age as Kalule. Kalule won, by points. In 1980, Lyimo aged twenty seven would fight at the Olympic Games command in Moscow. He commendably passed the second spherical, however was within the quarter-finals knocked come in the third spherical by twenty year-old Anthony Willis of nice UK. He would therefore accept fifth position within the welterweight division. several African countries boycotted the Olympic venue of Moscow. Heaney later became knowledgeable boxer, however he would presently retire while not associate acclaimed boxing record.

In the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games' light-weight boxing fight in Christchurch, on January twenty eighth 1974, Ayub Kalule competently out-boxed and bloodily facially ugly twenty two year-old Irishman "Sugar" Ray Heaney. The fight is featured on You-Tube whereby Heaney was assigned 2 necessary counts given the formidable toilsome from the quick and hard-punching Kalule.

In the semi-finals, Kalule was set to face New Sjaelland juvenile Henry Martyn Robert Charles Colley. the result concerned Colley being outpointed and subsiding for the decoration.

At the quarter finals, Kalule was cavitied against nineteen 

year-old New Dane Henry Martyn Robert Charles Colley. Colley would be outpointed (and accept the bronze), permitting Kalule to maneuver on to the ultimate stage. when being eliminated by Russian Valery Limasov within the 1st spherical at the Olympic Games of 1976 command in metropolis (Canada), Colley would flip skilled. tho' Colley's skilled record is spectacular, it's mediocre in so far as his fights were confined to New Sjaelland and Australia, and Colley retired quite early in life...in 1980. At the finals of those Commonwealth Games, Kalule would outpoint Kayin Amah of African nation and thus win the gold. Kayin Amah, WHO had within the preliminaries lost to legendary Philip Waruinge of African nation within the previous Commonwealth Games (1970), would now be happier with taking home a silver.

Perhaps Ayub Kalule's most prestigious amateur encounter, would be the inaugural World Amateur Boxing Championships that were command in national capital in Cuba in August 17-30. Here, Kalule, a lightweight welterweight, defeated Bulgarian Vladmir Kolev to win the gold. In Gregorian calendar month of identical year, Kalule still as a lightweight welterweight, won another medallion for Republic of Uganda. This was at the African Amateur Boxing Championships that were command in capital of Uganda on Kalule's soil. succeeding year Kalule turned skilled in Kingdom of Denmark, rose quickly through the ranks. He may continue to become Uganda's 1st skilled world boxing champion (WBA junior middleweight). His accolades enclosed changing into a ecu Boxing Union Champion, and battling such illustrious boxers as "Sugar" Ray writer, Sumbu Kalambay, microphone McCallum, Lindell Holmes, and Herol Graham. Kalule fought in what several believe the golden era of boxer champions. Kalule remains Uganda's most noted boxer. In March 2011, Kalule was shrunk to teach high junior Danish boxers.

Joseph Nsubuga had been eliminated on points 

by Kenneth Mwansa of Zambia right at the start of the preliminaries at the previous Commonwealth Games venue capital. There Nsubuga had drawn Republic of Uganda as a light-weight. Nsubuga, still a youngster, was currently back at the Commonwealth Games to fight as a lightweight welterweight. This time, the preliminary 1st spherical on January twenty seven witnessed Nsubuga quickly overwhelm his opponent. The fight didn't go way. The referee halted the competition within the 1st spherical, dashing the hopes of Philip Sapak of New Guinea New Guinea. However, 2 days later within the quarter-finals, James Stephen Arnold Douglas of European country defeated Nsubuga by points and thereby halted Nsubuga's pursue a award.

Months later, in August, Nsubuga would win a decoration for Republic of Uganda at the inaugural World Amateur Boxing Championships in national capital. Nsubuga had touched up to the middleweight division. quite an skillful boxer, Nsubuga would flip skilled and move to Norway, and he would largely fight in Europe. Nsubuga stopped competitive  in 1981 once he was knocked out by noted future world champion Davey Moore. maybe Nsubuga's most notable skilled fight was his spirited gladiator battle (non-title bout) with legendary Panamanian Roberto Duran. tho' Duran looked as if it would be exhausting, Joseph "Stoneface" Nsubuga was knocked out at the top of the fourth spherical. This fight is obtainable on You-Tube.

Welterweight Mohamed Muruli had won Republic 

of Uganda a medallion at the previous Commonwealth of countries Games' venue capital. There in 1970, Muruli had boxed as a light-weight. Here in Christchurch, Muruli was representing Republic of Uganda as a welterweight. The preliminary spherical witnessed Muruli outpunch Caleb Okech of African nation, on January twenty sixth. On January twenty ninth, throughout the quarter-finals, Muruli beat future Olympian Carmen Rinke of North American nation by points. The semi-finals concerned Muruli beating Steven Cooney of European country, by points on January thirty first. On February first, Muruli became the primary Ugandan to ever win 2 Commonwealth Games' gold medals by outpointing Welsh Errol McKenzie within the finals. McKenzie would flip skilled throughout 1975, however he retired when associate humble boxing record. Muruli is among Uganda's outstanding boxers, and he doubly drawn Republic of Uganda at the athletic competition.

Uganda's boxer John Langol was saved by the referee WHO stopped the preliminaries match-up of January twenty seventh 1974 against Lance Revill of latest Sjaelland. The fight was stopped within the second spherical. In 1981, Langol touched to Birmingham in England to fight professionally. His skilled tenure would last solely four years associated it'd involve an humble record of vi wins and eight losses. Revill would fight professionally in Australia and New Sjaelland, however his boxing record would be average.

On January twenty ninth of 1974, in a very quarter-final

, Uganda's middleweight champion Mustapha Wasajja was knocked come in the primary spherical by Les Rackley of latest Sjaelland. At the inaugural World Boxing Championships persevered August 1974 in national capital, Wasajja was eliminated by points within the quarter-finals. In Gregorian calendar month, Wasajja would become continent amateur champion at the regional tournament command in capital of Uganda. in a very pre-Olympic international tournament command in metropolis at the top of Gregorian calendar month 1975, Wasajja won Uganda's solely gold at the venue. Wasajja is notable for having become the premier WBA light-weight heavyweight competitor when he turned skilled. He lost the necessary championship fight to Michael Spinks, in February 1982. Wasajja largely fought in Europe and his boxing record is kind of spectacular. when Spinks, Wasajja lost his next 2 fights and thenceforth retired from boxing. Wasajja is one amongst Uganda's greatest boxers.

Just as had happened within the previous Commonwealth Games, the powerful heavyweight champion Benson Masanda of Republic of Uganda was directly placed within the quarter-finals as a result of there have been not several contenders within the category. On January twenty eighth Masanda outpointed Fisi Brown of latest Sjaelland. within the semi-finals, the referee stopped the bout in favor of legendary Nigerian Fatai Ayinla, associate Olympian WHO had won the sunshine heavyweight gold at the previous Commonwealth Games. Masanda was therefore created to step down for the decoration. In turn, the referee would stop the bout in favor of Neville Meade, within the finals. Fatai Ayinla-Adekunle's accolades embrace the heavyweight medallion at the 1973 All-Africa Games in city, and a decoration at the 1974 World Amateur Boxing Championships in national capital. He boxed for African nation for several years.

Uganda's alternative medals were won on the track.

 Uganda's Silver Ayoo (46.07), narrowly overwhelmed by Kenyan legendary Olympic gold medallist Charles Asati (46.04), won the prize within the four hundred meters. Uganda's four x 400m relay team won the decoration, behind African nation (gold) and England. The relay competitors were William Santino Dralu, Pius Olowo, Silver Ayoo, and John Kakonge.

The Final Tally 
At Commonwealth Games of 1970, command in capital, Uganda's 3 boxing gold medals were won by pugilist James Odwori, boxer Mohamed Muruli, and heavyweight Benson Masanda; and also the 2 silver medals were won by flyweight Leo Rwabwogo, and featherweight Deogratias Musoke. Republic of Uganda didn't win any bronze medals here.

In 1974 in Christchurch, the 2 gold medals were won by light-weight Ayub Kalule and lightweight welterweight Mohamed Muruli; the 3 silver medals were won by pugilist James Odwori, bantamweight Ali Rojo, and featherweight Shadrach Odhiambo; and also the 2 bronze medals were won by flyweight John Byaruhanga and heavyweight Benson Masanda.

Hence, whereas Republic of Uganda won slightly a lot 

of boxing medals in 1974, the medals in 1970 subtly carried "more weight." For those eight years, Republic of Uganda had the most effective amateur boxers amongst the Nations of country Commonwealth. to boot, at every of the Commonwealth Games venues, Ugandan track athletes finished second and third (William Koskei--400 meter-hurdles and Judith Ayaa--400m, severally in 1970, and Silver Ayoo--400m and Silver Ayoo, William Santino Dralu, Pius Olowo and John Kakonge--the four x 400m relay, severally in 1974). In 1970 Republic of Uganda finished twelfth overall in track and field athletics; Australia, England, and European country were the highest 3 countries. Similarly, in 1974 Republic of Uganda finished twelfth overall in track and field athletics; however England, Australia, and African nation were the highest 3 countries. the general performances of Republic of Uganda at every of the Commonwealth Games venues were therefore strikingly similar. Republic of Uganda has ne'er performed higher than that at the Commonwealth Games, ever since those 1970's.

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