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uganda

uganda
Capital
Kampala

Population
23,452,000

Independence
1962
National sports hero
Justin Juuko (boxing)

Watch out for
Salim Balinya (weightlifting)

Uganda have built a fine reputation in boxing since their first Games in 1958.

Most of their 37 medals, including eight golds, have come in that event.

A team of 22 came back with one bronze in 1998, when flyweight Jackson Asiku was the only successful athlete.

Did you know?
Ugandan athletics legend John Akii-Bua, who won Olympic gold in the 400m hurdles in 1972, was one of 43 children born to his fatherís eight wives.

Akii-Bua, who was originally a short-distance hurdler, triumphed easily in a time of 47.82 seconds, setting a new world record in the process.

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