Kiprotich Crowned Uganda’s 2012 Sports King

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

Kiprotish after crossing the finish line to claim his gold medal at last yearr's London Olympics
Kiprotich after crossing the finish line to claim Uganda’s first  gold medal in 40 years at last year’s London Olympics

Last year he had his name inscribed on Uganda’s wall of fame when by ending a 40 year long wait for an Olympic gold by winning the marathon Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Steven Kiprotich, the Assistant Superintendent of Prisons was on Saturday night crowned Uganda’s 2012 sportsman of the year by the Uganda Sports Press Association at a colourful ceremony held in Kampala. He becomes the 28th winner of the USPA Award.

This was an accolade the marathon master from Kapchorwa undoubtedly deserved considering the pride he bestowed on the nation when he competed against all odds and ended Uganda’s Olympic gold medal drought that had lasted four decades.

This recognition came a day after he had been named Athlete of the year by the Uganda Athletics Federation at a gala held on Friday night at Serena Hotel.

He was nominated alongside Sarah Nambawa, Benjamin Kiplagat and Jackson Kiprop for the biggest honour at the athlete of the year awards.

Kiprotich bagged the gold medal with a winning time of 2:08:01 London’s in unfavourable weather conditions ahead of Kenyan runners Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich who finished second and third respectively and were considered favourites to win the race.

This was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996 when Davis Kamoga won a bronze medal at the Olympics held in the USA, the first gold medal since 1972, and the first ever in the marathon.

Other winners at the event were kick boxer Robert Mugula who last year defeated Hungarian Andreas Nagy to claim the intercontinental kick boxing championship, basketball female star Flavia Aketcho  and Boxing champion Joseph Lubega.


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