Joe Atuhaire

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Joe Atuhaire
Personal information
Nationality  Uganda
Born (1978-05-15) 15 May 1978 (age 36)
Kampala, Uganda
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke

Joe Atuhaire (born May 15, 1978 in Kampala) is a retired Ugandan swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events.[1] Atuhaire competed for Uganda in the men's 100 m breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He received a Universality place from FINA, in an entry time of 1:10.00.[2] He participated in heat one against two other swimmers Antonio Leon of Paraguay and Kieran Chan of Papua New Guinea. He rounded out a small field of three to last place in a time of 1:22.35, the slowest to be recorded in the heats. Atuhaire failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed sixty-fifth overall on the first day of prelims.[3][4]

On September 26, 2000, Atuhaire left the Olympic Athletes' Village in Sydney after police issued a warrant for his arrest, charging against sexual intercourse without consent with a 17-year-old female near the main site. He was later detained in Adelaide, and granted a bail of $20,000 (Australian). Nearly a month later, he was pleaded not guilty by the prosecutors, and freed from any charges before his safe return to Uganda.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Joe Atuhaire". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Breaststroke Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 1" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 240. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Newberry, Paul (16 September 2000). "Thompson anchors U.S. relay win; Thorpe wins 400 free". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ugandan swimmer charged with rape". BBC News. 26 September 2000. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Atuhaire released for unknown reason". ESPN. 19 October 2000. Retrieved 13 June 2013.