Sport
Kiprotich ready for London Marathon
Publish Date: Apr 17, 2013
Kiprotich ready for London Marathon
Kiprotich dashes his way to the finishing line at the 2012 Olympics. He is looking for a repeat performance the London Marathon this weekend.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By James Bakama 

Sunday

Virgin London Marathon 

JUST like in the build-up to the last Olympics, Stephen Kiprotich has again kept a low profile in the last days to the Virgin London Marathon.

Well aware of the stiff competition that awaits him in the English capital, Kiprotich has concentrated on his training in the final week before he leaves for the weekend race.

The Ugandan has been training in the Kenya Highlands. After a motor accident last month where he wasn’t seriously injured, he focused on training even missing out on the Easter celebrations.

“I have to train and be at my best. As Olympic champion, I will be the man to beat so I can’t take any chances,” he said before entering camp.

Kiprotich stunned the world when he won gold at the 2012 Olympics, a performance that earned him an automatic invitation to the London marathon.

Kiprotich will be up against the elite men’s marathon field ever assembled. The entry includes 11 men who have completed the distance under 2 hours 06 six minutes.

Also in contention will be two medallists from the London Olympic Marathon and the winners of the 2012 Berlin, Chicago, London, Frankfurt and Dubai marathons.

Olympic silver medallist Abel Kirui, also a 2009 and 2011 world champion, will be the only missing star. He pulled out last week because of injury.

Should Kiprotich win again in London, he will become the first Ugandan to win a major world marathon.

The course is a grueling 42 kilometers long, passing through the streets of London to the famous finish line at The Mall.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Dennis Mbidde is FUFA
FUFA has appointed Dennis Mbidde to head its Media and Communications. Mbidde, who currently is the chairman of the Uganda Premier League clubs, replaces fellow FUFA committee member Rogers Byamukama....
Africa Cup of Nations at a glance
The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations at a glance after Guinea qualified for the quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea following a drawing of lots with Mali Thursday...
Guinea into Cup of Nations quarters after lots drawn
Guinea qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on Thursday after a drawing of lots was required to separate them and Mali....
Frank Anyau is the U-23 tactician
Veteran football coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau will utilise his role as U-23 coach to develop himself into a celebrated tactician....
Guinea, Mali coaches say drawing lots unfair
The coaches of Mali and Guinea Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals....
Nemostars, KAVC need sh213m
KAVC and Nemostars volleyball clubs must raise at least $74,000 (about sh213m) in five weeks to represent Uganda at the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) Men’s Club Championships due in Tunisia in March....
Do you agree with the new tax on private schools?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter