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  Long distance star Kipsiro favourite in USPA poll

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th January 2009 03:00 AM

UGANDA Sports Press Association (USPA) will vote their best performers of 2008 in various disciplines at Oasis restaurant, Lugogo today.

UGANDA Sports Press Association (USPA) will vote their best performers of 2008 in various disciplines at Oasis restaurant, Lugogo today.

By Swalley Kenyi

UGANDA Sports Press Association (USPA) will vote their best performers of 2008 in various disciplines at Oasis restaurant, Lugogo today.

Runners Abraham Chepkirwok and Moses Kipsiro are in a group likely to attract the attention of the sports scribes at their monthly assembly.

Footballers Brian Umony of Uganda Super League champions KCC and Austria-based professional Ibrahim Sekagya are in the same group of the award favourities.

Umony is the reigning FUFA player of the year after his excellent performance helped KCC win their first league title in over a decade.

Sekagya’s stirring display earned him the top player award at Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.

The defender also played a key role in Cranes’ Nations Cup qualifiers.

Kipsiro is another contender for the USPA awards.

The runner started the year by beating then World Cross-Country champion Zersanay Tadesse of Eritrea before he won the Belfast Cross-Country.

The 22-year-old runner also
finished among the top three in
Golden League meetings.

Kipsiro was also in impressive form at the IAAF Athletics Final where he grabbed a silver medal.

At the Olympic Games in Beijing, Kipsiro put up a spirited performance in the final of the 5000m and at one stage looked destined for at least a bronze medal before he was overtaken to finish fourth overall.

Kipsiro became Uganda’s best athlete at the prestigious event.

Chepkirwok reached the semi-finals of the 800m at the Beijing games before he won a silver medal at the IAAF Athletics Final.

Elsewhere, there should not be a debate on the best tennis player.

Duncan Mugabe has no opposition after competing in a number of international events including seven ITF/Futures circuits. He reached the semi final of the Gabon circuit.

Mugabe won the ITF/East Africa U-18 event in Kampala and saw his world ranking improve by 211 places to the 943 mark.

  Long distance star Kipsiro favourite in USPA poll

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