August 17, 2013

Last hope in KIPROTICH

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Kiprotich after crossing the finish line to claim his gold medal at last year's London Olympics. Ugandans are eagerly praying for a repeat in Moscow
Kiprotich after crossing the finish line to claim his gold medal at last year’s London Olympics. Ugandans are eagerly praying for a repeat in Moscow

Stephen Kiprotich, Jackson Kiprop and Abraham Kiplimo; you could call them the three knights from the East, with them Uganda’s dream of atleast a medal in the 2013 IAAF World championships could be realized on Saturday afternoon.

The Kenyans are still vying for Stephen Kiprotich’s blood after his Olympic gold triumph in London 2012 but Jackson Kiprop Mumbai Marathon winner early this year (2:09:32) who finished seventh at last year’s World Half Marathon Championships is Uganda’s hidden weapon in this 42.198km race.

Whatever the case, the marathoners will not only be targeting to better Alex Malinga’s 2005’s performance when he finished fifth, but they will also look to have at least a runner at the medal podium at the end of the race.

“I expect Kiprop to do well,” Uganda’s coach Benjamin Longiross declared even before the fast batch of the team left Kampala.

The Ugandans seemed to have it all under wraps heading into the biennial championship in Moscow, Russia seven days ago or so we hoped but the results below show how much we need Kiprotich and company to make atleast single podium finish.

 

Thomas Ayeko, 12th (10,000m final)

Moses Kipsiro, 13th (10,000m final)

Timothy Toroitich, 22nd (10,000m final)

Phillip Kipyeko, 11th (5,000m heats)

Ronald Musagala, 5th (800m semis)

Juliet Chekwel, 16th (10,000m final)

Sarah Nambawa, 11th (Triple jump Rd. 1)

Jacob Araptany, 12th (steeplechase)

Benjamin Kiplagat, 14th (steeplechase)

 

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