The government of Uganda has congratulated Stephen Kiprotich after he won a gold medal in the 42 Km marathon race at the London 2012 Olympic games. The games ended yesterday. According to a press release from Uganda Media Centre, signed by the executive director, Fred Opolot the win is “a historic moment for Uganda.” “Kiprotich’s resilience and magnificent finish reminds us as a nation that amidst all odds we can achieve greatness,” Opolot says.
Kiprotich’s win comes 40 years after John Akii Bua won gold in 400m hurdles in Munich in 1972. Opolot adds that Kiprotich’s success should further “further galvanize our efforts and resources to produce more of the athletes that will continue to fly Uganda’s flag high.” The 23 year beat over 100 others to gold in the time of 2:08:1. He was followed by two athletes from Kenya who settled for silver and bronze respectively.
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