By Dorothy Nekesa
The second Beach Woodball World Cup at Spenah Beach in Entebbe, climaxed on Thursday with the very skillful Chinese Taipei crowned overall champions.
Hosts Uganda, with six gold, four silver and six bronze were second, just two medals behind Taipei’s 18 medals (six gold, seven silver, and five bronze)
Unpredictable Hong Kong settled for third place with fivemedals that comprised two gold, two silvers and one bronze medal. Neighbours Kenya bagged one silver and one bronze in fourth place as China in fifth place took home only one bronze medal. Other participants in Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea did not win any medal.
Taipei’s Lee Cheng Han played 81 strokes bagging a gold medal in the men’s single event while Zhou Pei-Qi beat Uganda’s Denis Pulkeria Nanjeru to the gold in the female category with 87 strokes.The other gold for Chinese Taipei was in the stroke doubles (men) as the pair of Lee Cheng Han and Wang Qi An scoring 68 to beat the Kenyan duo of Joel Chote Munyendoh and Kelvin Mutuma Muite who had 93.
The duo of Wang Mao Lin and Liu Kai Chi won Chinese Taipei other gold medals in the mixed doubles with 83 strokes beating Hong Kong China’s of Lam Chi Ho and Lam Ka Man who garnered 84 strokes.
In the team event men, Chinese Taipei won with gold as Wang Qi An, Lee Cheng Han, Wang Mao Lin, and Tsai Tsung Lin all contributing 179 strokes, to beat team Uganda by count back. To crown it all, Chinese Taipei’s Ye Zi Rong and Lee Chia Cheng beat Uganda’s Geoffrey Towong and Thomas Kedi to the gold in the men’s fairway doubles.
Meanwhile, the sixth Uganda International Woodball championship was also held with success at Spenah beach (on the grass side).
Onesmus Atamba of Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club A scored 95 strokes to win the singles stroke event under the men category, beating Chinese Taipei’s Wang Qi An by count back. Ndejje University’s Israel Kayongo Muwanguzi scored 100 strokes to finish third.
The women singles’ event was won by Florence Mukoya of Makerere University Business School A (101 strokes) ahead of Denise Pulkeria Nanjeru (106 strokes) and Claire Katusiime took bronze with 107 strokes. Makerere University pair of Daniel Olima Apita and David Obiro scored 41 strokes to win the strokes doubles men over Ndejje University’s duo of Israel Kayongo Muwanguzi and Pius Ssebuliba (49 strokes). Benson Kanyesigye and Samson Rugongeza of Makerere University scored 54 to win bronze.
The strokes women doubles event was won by Christine Birungi and Elizabeth Nambeguya of Ndejje University with 51 strokes. Mariam Nampero and Maria Teresa Nansereko of Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club A scored 56 strokes to take silver.
The bronze for the stroke doubles women was clinched by the tried and tested pairing of Lillian Zawedde and Flavia Navubya (Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club A) who scored 58 strokes. The quartet tallied a combined score of 203 strokes, four better than Makerere University.
The closing day was graced by the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Kadaga who appreciated the work of the Uganda Woodball Federation in promoting the game across Uganda and the globe.
- Chinese Taipei Crowned Beach Woodball World Cup Champions
- Accolades won 2nd Beach Woodball World Cup
- Overall Winners Gold- Chinese Taipei 18 Medals:6 Gold,7 silver & 5 Bronze
- Silver- Uganda 16 Medals: 6 Gold,4 Silver & 6 Bronze
- Bronze- Hongkong – 5 Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 1 Bronze