Track and Field

Erasmus Samuel Amukun: Uganda Sprinter and Geologist

Erasmus Samuel A.O. Amukun was conceived on November 27th 1940 in Ngora in Kumi in Eastern Uganda. He is best referred to for his adventures as a university and worldwide sprinter and as an expert geologist. He spoke to Uganda at the British Empire Commonwealth Games, at the Olympic Games, and at the East and Central African Games. Amukun is likewise credited for having beaten Kenyan dash legend and future Commonwealth Games (1962, Perth) twofold run gold-medallist Seraphino Antao in a race.

In 1958, at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in Wales (July 17-26, 1958), adolescent Amukun did not progress past the fifth of twelve fundamental warms in the 100 yards dash. In the warmth 5 he completed in 9.9 seconds, in fourth place. In any case, his colleague Benjamin Kiyini Nduga, who had completed in front of Antao, qualified for and proceeded onward to the semi-finals in which he would be dispensed with. In the 220 yards, Amukun was second in the eighth (22.14) of nine warms of the primer round. Afterward, in the fourth of six warms of the quarter-last round for which he had qualified, he was wiped out in the wake of completing third in 22.1. Be that as it may, in the 4×100 yards, the Uganda hand-off group which Amukun was a piece of, completed 6th in the finals (42.1). Likewise on the Uganda hand-off group were Ben Nduga, Ignatius Okello, and S. Bwowe. They had proceeded onward to the finals in the wake of completing in third place (42,47) in the first round which was a semi-last.

Amukun, matured 19, was the commander of the Uganda group at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. In the youthful Uganda group, Amukun was the most youthful, and multi year-old Aggrey Awori was the most established.

On August 31st 1960, Erasmus Amukun contended in the fourth of nine warms in the first round arrangement of the 100m in which the quickest three in each warmth would proceed onward to the following round- – the quarter-finals. He completed third in 10.80, meeting all requirements for the following round. Prominently, in this initially round, individual Ugandan multi year-old Aggrey Awori (Awoori) who contended in the third warmth was killed subsequent to completing fifth (11.09). Kenyan Seraphino Antao (10.64) serenely completed first in the primary warmth of this fundamental round and consequently proceeded onward to the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals held later in the day, Amukun was set to keep running in the third of the four warms. He would complete fourth (10.75), and become wiped out since he was not among the best three finishers in the warmth. However, this would be the quickest he could ever authoritatively keep running in the 100m. Antao completed third in the fourth heat (10.61) and proceeded onward to the semi-finals. On September first Antao completed 6th (10.72) in the second of two semi-last warms, and become ineligible for the finals.

The 200m challenge was begun on September second, and Amukun was set in the fifth warmth of the dozen warms of the first round in which the best two finishers of each warmth would proceed onward to the quarter-last round. Amukun completed second (21.38) and proceeded onward to the quarter-finals. This would formally be his life-time best in the 200m. In the interim, Antao won in the eleventh warmth (21.44), effectively making it to the following round.

In the 200m quarter-finals held soon thereafter, Amukun was set in the first of four warms. He completed fourth (21.47) and was killed from progressing to the semi-finals since he was not among the main three finishers in the warmth. Additionally coming in fourth, yet in the second warmth of the quarter finals was Seraphino Antao (21.43) who was likewise wiped out.

Uganda additionally contended in the 4x100m hand-off booked for September seventh 1960. There were four warms in the first round, and Uganda completed in fifth in 41.90, however had just been excluded. In a portion of different warms, Poland and France were likewise precluded. The Uganda hand-off group had additionally included Aggrey Awori, Jean Baptiste Okello, and Gadi Ado.

In 1961 at the East and Central African Championships at the scene Nakuru in Kenya, Erasmus Amukun had won in the 440 yards in 48.0 seconds. Samuel Amukun was likewise part of the Uganda 4×100 yards transfer group that won in 43.1 in Nakuru.

Close to the part of the bargain, effectively finished the 2-year Cambridge Advanced Secondary School Certificate, studying technical studies, at King’s College Budo (Buddo) close to Kampala where he lived in Mutesa House.

Sam Amukun contended in the yearly IC4A (or ICAAAA, (Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America) which is a men’s opposition held at various universities consistently. Amukun was then an undergrad understudy at Colgate University in Hamilton in New York. At the IC4A in Villanova in Pennsylvania in 1964 toward the part of the arrangement, won in the 100 yards in 9.7. It was a neck and neck finish with Villanova University’s Earl Horner, and it was chosen that Amukun with his chest forward on the tape had won (Green 1964: 5).

At the late spring Olympics held in Tokyo in 1964, multi year-old Amukun would speak to Uganda in the 200m, and in the 4x100m hand-off. Set in the second warmth of eight warms of the fundamental rounds, Amukun completed fifth (21.55) on October sixteenth and was wiped out since he was not among the main four finishers in the warmth. Kenyan Antao progressed to the quarter-last warms in the wake of completing second in the third heat (21.52). Antao would, in the quarter-finals, later be killed.

On October twentieth, the 4x100m Uganda transfer group comprising of Awori, Amukun, James Odongo, and Amos Omolo completed 6th (41.4) in the third of the three first-round warms; so the group did not progress to the semi-finals.

Vengeance was sweet at the yearly IC4A titles held in 1965 in Brunswick, New Jersey toward the part of the bargain. Here Horner of Villanova who had lost to Amukun of Colgate in the 100m in 1964, won in both short dashes, with Amukun completing third in the 100 yards run. In any case, prior around the same time, toward the start of May, the Ugandan Olympian had triumphed in both short runs at the track and field competition meet whereby the Raiders of Colgate were hollowed against Syracuse University (Orange) at the Archbold Stadium in Syracuse. Likewise, in mid-April at the Cornel University versus Colgate meet, Amukun the meet record-holder was beaten into second place in both short dashes by Cornel’s Charles Blaugrund (9.9 in the 100 yards) second exertion in the 100-yd. dash was sufficient to beat Colgate’s Sam Amukun, the meet record holder a most loved in the occasion. Amukun had shrouded the separation in 9.6 seconds the prior week. In the 220 yard dash, again Blaugrund (22.5) was trailed by the Ugandan at the end goal.

Just before Amukun passed on in 1998, matured 57, he was the investigation administrator for Northwest Explorations, in Canada. Amukum acquired the four year education in science certificate in science at Colgate in 1966 while on olympic style events grant. He would obtain the graduate degree in topography at the University of Manitoba in 1969. The title of his lord’s proposal is: “Petrography of the Gold-Bearing Vein Rocks from Bissett Area, Southeastern Manitoba.”

Amukun came back to Uganda to work at the Kilembe mine of Falconbridge yet fled to Canada with his better half in 1972 given the weakness and unease about the authoritarian military system of Idi Amin.

After his demise it was chronicled that in the wake of leaving Uganda, for a long time, Amukun filled in as a field geologist for the Ontario Geological Survey, Noranda and Urangesellschaft, and later began his counseling business. In 1996, he joined Northwest Explorations and progressed toward becoming investigation chief for the organization’s Guyanese undertakings. He was an individual from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the Geological Association of Canada.