Stephen Kiprotich is Shs154m richer following his exploits in Russia that saw him win a gold medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships in Russia on Saturday.
Kiprotich also proved to the world that he didn’t fluke a Gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon after bagging another medal at a World event in Moscow on Saturday afternoon.
Following the failure by all Ugandan athletes to win any race at the World Championship, Kiprotich who arrived in the week showed good tactical acumen when he kept amongst the ten 10 athletes in the front pack of 42 KM race.
Despite the fact that Ethiopians athletes dominated the front pack for most part of the race, a tactical Kiprotich made sure he outran Tadese Tola who kept close to him. Kiprotich eventually won the race with a time of 2:09:51, while Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa who is also the Boston and Dubai Marathon champion came second and Tola third.
Another Ethiopian Tseyay Kebede was fourth and Japan’s Kentaro Nakamoto finished in fifth place. Kenya’s Peter Kimeli was in eighth place to qualify for a prize of US$4,000, while Kiprotich will take home US$60,000. The other Ugandans in the race Jackson Kiprop and Abraham Kiplimo finished 10th and 19th respectively. Kiprotich is now the Olympic gold medalist and World Champion.