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David Emong

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Uganda
Occupation
Prison Officer
Languages
English
Higher education
Industrial Design - Ndejje University: Kampala, UGA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2005 in Amolatar, Uganda.
Why this sport?
He was influenced by the performances of Ugandan distance runner Moses Kipsiro.
Club / Team
Prison Service: Uganda
Name of coach
Ssenkungu Jameson [national], UGA
Training Regime
He trains six days a week.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T46 1500m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Abdulla Muawu. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Ugandan distance runners Moses Kipsiro and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Sports Personality of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year by the Uganda Sports Press Association [USPA]. (chano8.com, 24 Jul 2018)

He was flag bearer for Uganda at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Milestones
He became the first Para athlete representing Uganda to win a gold medal at the world championships when he placed first in the T46 1500m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (NTVUganda YouTube channel, 27 Jul 2017; newslexpoint.com, 16 Jul 2017)

He became the first athlete representing Uganda to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when he claimed silver in the T46 1500m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Oct 2019; voanews.com, 21 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (NTVUganda YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2017)
Impairment
While at school in 2005, he broke his left arm after being assaulted by other students. He did not receive medical treatment for the injury, which resulted in limited use of the limb. (allafrica.com, 26 Sep 2016)
Other information
FUTURE AMBITION
He hopes to establish an academy for athletes with an impairment in Uganda. "Stephen [Kiprotich] and Joshua [Cheptegei] have opened academies. They help the needy, talented youths with a chance to develop their athletic talent and get an education as well. I want to do the same for those with disabilities." (monitor.co.ug, 29 Sep 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied interior art and design at Kampala University in Uganda. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Heat 2 2012-09-01 4
Men's 1500 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-04 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Final 1 2013-07-25 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T47 Heat 3 2016-09-16 5
Men's 1500 m T46 Final Round 2016-09-16 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Final 1 2017-07-15 1