Uganda made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1956 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1976 where it participated in the African boycott. The nation sends a small team with over 10 athletes typically competing at each Olympics. The athletes compete in various sports including athletics, boxing, swimming and weightlifting.

Uganda won its first medal in 1968 and has won a total of seven medals across two sports; four in boxing and three in athletics. The most successful athlete is boxer Leo Rwabwogo whom won a bronze medal in 1968 in men’s flyweight and followed up with a silver medal at the 1972 Olympics. In 2016 Uganda failed to win a medal.

Qualified Quotas


Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 1500m Ronald Musagala
Men’s 5000m Joshua Cheptegei
Men’s 10000m Abdallah Mande
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Albert Chemutai
Men’s Marathon Over 3 Eligible Athletes

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 1500m Winnie Nanyondo
Esther Chebet
Women’s 5000m Sarah Chelangat
Stella Chesang
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Peruth Chemutai