Uganda’s Medal Hopeful Kiprotich Promises Good Performance

Uganda’s hopes of winning a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympic games largely lie on Stephen Kiproitich. The long distance runner has also vowed he will not let his country down and promised a good performance.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist says he is ready after having enough preparations.

“I feel I’m fully fit to compete in Rio, drug the training I have had in Kenya has fine-tuned me and God willing, we shall put up a good performance, ” he said.

Stephen Kiprotich, Jackson Kiprop and Solomon Mutai were flagged off on Monday by commissioner of sports, Omara Apita and National council of sports secretary general at NCS headquarters in Lugogo.

The trio will compete in the men’s marathon that will take place on Sunday. Kiproitich also called upon Ugandans to support them.

“I know most of them will not be in Brazil, but we just seek for support from all Ugandans,” added Kiprotich.

The 27 year old athlete will face stiff competition from Kenyans and Ethiopians. The trio of Eliud Kipchoge, Stanley Biwott and Wesley Korir have had good performance this year with Kipchoge winning the London marathon in April clocking 2:03:05 with Biwott coming second.

The Ethiopian contingent will have Tesfaye Abera,Lemi Berhanu and Fayisa Lilesa.


Kiproitich won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics clocking 2:08:01 ahead of the Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang who finished second and third respectively.

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