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Inzzi maintains IAAF top rank as MTN, State throw bashes

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th April 2006 03:00 AM

DORCUS Inzikuru has maintained her top position while Boniface Kiprop gained a step on the international athletics governing body IAAF March rankings.

DORCUS Inzikuru has maintained her top position while Boniface Kiprop gained a step on the international athletics governing body IAAF March rankings.

By S. Kenyi & N. Katende

DORCUS Inzikuru has maintained her top position while Boniface Kiprop gained a step on the international athletics governing body IAAF March rankings.

But Moses Kipsiro and Wilson Kipkemei dropped from 43 and 45 on the standings to tie at the bottom, at 50.

The 3000mSC Commonwealth Games and world champion (Inzikuru) who hit the top rank in February added 31 points from the Melbourne games to keep her position with 1343 points ahead of Jamaican Hyman Mardrea (1226).

Commonwealth Games 10000m champion Boniface Kiprop progressed a step to fifth place 1340 points – ten adrift of leader, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele – who did not compete in the Melbourne games.

Meanwhile, athletes and officials from the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia will be treated to a dinner at State House Nakasero on Friday.

This will be after telecommunication giants - MTN - the leading athletics sponsors in the country, hosting gold medalists winners Inzikuru and Kiprop to a party at Just Kicking in Kisementi starting 6pm today.

Uganda won two gold medals courtesy of Kiprop (10000m) and Inzikuru (3000mSC) and a bronze by boxer Martin Mubiru to finish 15th out of the 71 countries at the games.

Sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi yesterday confirmed the dinner, but added that it will not only be for the contingent that travelled to Melbourne, but sports administrators from selected federations will also attend.

“At first, it was a dinner organised to welcome athletes from the Commonwealth Games but after seeing that most sports administrators had not met the President, we decided to include them on the invitations,” said Bakkabulindi.

Uganda was represented by the biggest contingent ever — 49 athletes — to the games from athletics, boxing, table tennis, badminton, cycling, swimming, shooting, weightlifting and rugby.

Neighbouring presidents Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki and Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete have already met their athletes and rewarded medal winners with cash prizes.

Inzzi maintains IAAF top rank as MTN, State throw bashes

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