22 January 2013

Uganda: Kiprop Wins Mumbai Marathon

Jackson Kiprop, who was supposed to set the pace in the closing stages, overcame a strong field that included defending men's champion Laban Moiben of Kenya to storm to the finish line in two hours, nine minutes and 32 seconds in the 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai marathon.

He eclipsed the earlier mark of 2:09:54. The victory made the 26-year-old richer by $55,000 which included $15,000 bonus for breaking the record. In second place was Jacob Cheshari of Ethiopia who also bettered the previous course mark by finishing in 2:09:43. Elijah Kemboi came third in 2:10:03.

Kiprop, training partner with Olympics marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, said he went straight to the competitions after a three-month-long training stint with Kiprotich in Kenya and this stood him in good stead.

"This is my first marathon. I started running in half marathons in 2005. This year, I have started my full marathon," Kiprop said.

Prisons spokesperson Frank Baine promised a warm welcome for the prison officer who is expected in the country today. He will be promoted upon arrival; he was a corporal. Meanwhile, the Uganda Athletics Federation passed its 2013 budget of Shs 587m, although some officials weren't happy with how the money would be handled.

But Federation President Dominich Otuchet explained: "I think the money is in the right hands and hopefully it will be used properly with close supervision."

Elsewhere, the Uganda Woodball Federation held its elections last week and agreed that their vice president, Peninah Kabenge, should be suspended for four years.

According to the federations' general secretary, Collins Ssemanda, Kabenge has had an irregular attendence record of the federation's meetings.

"We have decided to let her do some other work," Ssemanda said.

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