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JOHN GOVULE THE OLYMPIAN FROM OCIBA COAST ,AYIVU EAST DIVISION, ARUA CITY

After along days toil working hard in sun, it is befitting for one to rest and enjoy the evening breeze and sunset.
This phase perfectly describes Olympian John Govule who now enjoys his retirement back home where his journey started at Ociba coast in Dadamu Subcounty now part of Ayivu East Division in Arua city.


John Govule born in 1957 in Mubende where his father was serving as a prison warder, traces his journey to becoming an Olympian from his early years where he used wheels of bicycles to run to Arua Demonstration Primary school for classes and back, this improved his running skills and enabled him win a lot of interclass competitions at Arua Demonstration school during parents days.

John joined Mvara S.S for his secondary education. It is from Mvara S.S that he was identified by the late Badanyanya and Ojwang who took him under their mentorship and training . After 6 years in Mvara he joined Uganda police Force, from where the late Badanyanya then a Deputy minister in the Obote Government asked the late Denis Obua to have him in the sports department and try him as an athlete.


When the window for his first trails opened at Nairobi track events, Govule ran times below 49s in 400meters and 21s in 200 meters. It is from here that Obua believed in him and officially transferred him to Uganda police sports wing.
After the Nairobi invite, he got invited for East and Central Africa championships where his performances were amazing. Thereafter he was part of the team that won Bronze medal for Uganda in the 4 x 400 meters relay in the 1982 Africa senior championships in Cairo Egypt.


John qualified for the 1984 Olympics in USA through the world championships which took place in Helsinki Finland in 1983 where he went as part of the relays contingent and performed exceptionally well to book a ticket for the US Olympics.
At the US Olympics in 1984 he participated in the 200 meters where he progressed to the quarterfinals with a timing of 21.55 and 7th finish.

He also participated in the 4 x 400 meters relay where team Uganda qualified for the finals which was eventually won by team USA and team Uganda which included John Govule set a national Record of 3:02:09.


He had a second bite to the Olympics cherry in 1988 in Seoul south korea this time for the 400 meters where he clocked 47.11s to finish 5th in heats which was not sufficient for him to advance to the next round.

Olympian John Govule in a Blue Overall with the writer at Ociba Coast Trading Center

After the Olympics in Seoul south korea John Govule was Ranked among the top 10 atheletes in Africa plying the 400 meters race. He participated in many invites which included races in Egypt,sauda arabia,all Africa games and East and central Africa championships.
His last act for the national team was winning Bronze medal in the 1990 Africa senior championships for team Uganda in the 4 x 400 relays.

John Govule to the Right and His wife Mary Awora officiating during the Recent MAYANK championships in Barifa

He eventually retired from the track to concentrate on identifying new talent with his wife along side his police work where he rose to the rank of superintendent of police and retired from the force to his home in Ociba, Ayivu East in Arua city where he is enjoying the fruits of his hard work over the years.

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