Sport
Kiprotich could land sh460m at London Marathon
Publish Date: Apr 08, 2014
Kiprotich could land sh460m at London Marathon
If Kiprotich can replicate his heroics from Moscow in 2013, he will earn himself a hefty financial reward. Photo by Norman Katende
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By James Bakama

STEPHEN Kiprotich could pocket up to $180,000 (sh460m) if he wins the Virgin London Marathon. There is a $55,000 (sh140m) winner’s prize. 

As a way of boosting speed, organisers have bonuses for all runners with times under two hours 11 minutes in the men’s race and 2:28:00 in the women’s event.

Should Kiprotich under this arrangement run below 2:05:00 he will be entitled to $100,000 (sh256m).

There is also $125,000 (sh320m) waiting to be won should Uganda’s Olympic and World Championship gold medalist set a world record.

Wilson Kipsang, who holds the men’s record at 2:03:23, will be one of the stars that Kiprotich will be up against.

Kiprotich’s personal best is 2:07:20, run at the Enchede marathon in Holland in 2011. At last year’s London marathon he clocked 2:08:05 finishing sixth. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede won in 2:06:04.

Ahimbisibwe backs Kiprotich

Gordon Ahimbisibwe, who was Kiprotich’s coach as he ran to Olympic glory in 2012, is confi dent the athlete can shine again in London.

“Asking for a world record might be too much. But winning shouldn’t come as a surprise, at least going by his Olympic and World Championship victories,” said Ahimbisibwe.

Kiprotich has been training in the Kenya highlands for the marathon for the past two months.

Apart from the time bonuses, big names like Kiprotich have appearance fees. And to help the runners with their times, the London marathon also employs pacesetters.

Besides Kipsang, Kiprotich will also be against course record holder Emmanuel Mutai, defending champion Tsegaye Kebede, New York Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai and Dubai Marathon champion Ayele Abshero in one of the most high profile entries. 

Paris marathon winner Stanley Biwott, Martin Mathathi, who won the Fukuoka marathon and double Olympics champion Mo Farah, are also part of the field that is seriously eyeing the huge prizes at stake.

British Athletics performance Director Neil Black says Mo Farah is in peak physical shape.

“Psychologically he is very prepared,” Black told British media early last week.

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
Ugandan golfers out to shine in E.A. challenge
Captain Phillip Kasozi believes Uganda national golf team is in fi ne form to win the East African Golf Challenge that starts today at Entebbe Club....
U19 rugby Cranes into finals
The junior men’s rugby side is into the CAR Tier 1B rugby finals that take place Saturday at Kyadondo rugby club....
FUFA extends ticket-sales deadline
FUFA has extended the selling period of the discounted tickets for the Nations cup qualifier between Uganda and Guinea on 10th September, 2014 at Mandela National stadium by two extra days (Thursday and Friday) to allow fans buy them....
Kasozi confident of winning East African Golf challenge
Captain Phillip Kasozi believes Uganda national golf team is in fine form to win the East African Golf Challenge that starts on Thursday at Entebbe Club....
Uganda to bid for 2017 World Cross Country
After successfully holding the Africa Cross Country championships in March, Uganda has confirmed its bid to host the 2017 World Cross Country championships....
Hassan Mwinyi to grace cancer run
Former Tanzania President Al Hassan Mwinyi, will this year grace the third Rotary Cancer run which is due this Sunday....
Do you think the National Census positively contributes to improved Livelihood in Uganda?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter