The curious case of athlete Kiprotich

Tuesday November 4 2014


KAMPALA. Over the last two years, Stephen Kiprotich’s name has been synonymous with success and triumph.
And that is after he surpassed numerous odds to become the first Ugandan to ever win gold at both the Olympics (London 2012) and World Championships (Moscow 2013). Both feats earned him the respective Sportsman of the Year Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) gongs.
Kiprotich will end the year with no win in four events.
Unlike last year when he won the Granollers Half-Marathon in Spain before finishing sixth at the London Marathon, the 25-year-old started off 2014 on a poor note with an 11th place at the Paris Half-Marathon.
Then, he doubled his place on his second attempt at the London Marathon in April. His time of 2:11:37 is the closest he has come to his personal best of 2:07:20 this year.
Kiprotich skipped the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but quickly revised his notes and had a third-place finish behind Briton Mo Farah and Kenyan Mike Kigen at the Great North Run in Newcastle on September 7. He then yielded his highest finish ever in a Major City Marathon (MCM), clocking 2:02:25 for fifth at the TNS New York Marathon on Sunday.
Despite the incline towards the podium, Kiprotich has struggled to match the world’s best in highly billed MCMs’ unlike in championship events like the Olympics, Worlds and Commonwealth.
His four outings this year will hardly be remembered by Ugandans especially in a year when Moses Kipsiro returned to the scene with a blockbuster finish to retain his 10000m Commonwealth title.