August 19, 2013

My focus on 2020 Olympics gold now – Kiprotich

Stephen Kiprotich
Stephen Kiprotich

Uganda’s golden boy Steven Kiprotich has said his focus is now on the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Kiprotich who bagged gold last weekend in the 42km marathon at the IAAF World Championship in Russia, told the media at Protea Hotel in Entebbe that he is now looking at the next Olympics.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Kiprotich emerged victorious after beating off competition from two Kenyans, a feat he repeated last weekend against three Ethiopian front runners.

Speaking about his technique in winning the race, Kiprotich who was flanked by his wife said they worked hard as a team of three to win the race. He says he let Jackson Kiprop take the lead throughout the race knowing that he would catch up at the right time.

Indeed, Kiprop was number three at 20, 30 and 38 of the 42-kilometre race, while Kiprotich was far back in number 17 and then number 11.

Despite the Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa and Tadese Tola putting up a good show and dominating the race, Kiprotich managed to win it in 2:09:51. Desisa who is also the Boston and Dubai Marathon champion came second and Tola third.

Kiprotich said he decided to employ different techniques towards the end by crossing in-front of his opponent because he had closed up on him.

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