14 February 2013

Uganda: Moses Kipsiro Returns

He is arguably the most talented athlete in the country and despite his lukewarm show at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Moses Kipsiro is not willing to let that performance pull him down, reports Norman Katende.

Kipsiro will make a comeback on the domestic stage by competing in the National Cross Country Championship due in Jinja on Saturday.

The former 2009 World Cross Country silver medallist, will compete against other seasoned runners including Martin Toroitich and Jacob Araptany.

Other runners getting set for the event are Timothy Toroitich and Nathan Ayeko.

Kipsiro did not take part in last year's event that was won by Nathan Ayeko.

He has been training in the highlands of eastern Uganda.

Other runners are being handled by national coach Benjamin Longiross.

Saturday's race was moved from the Independence ground in Kololo to Jinja Golf course after Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) failed to secure the former facility because of factors beyond their control.

However, UAF is looking at Kololo as the most suitable venue for the Africa Cross Country championships due in Kampala next year.

Longiross said the runners are eagerly looking forward to Saturday's race.

"Every athlete is putting in so much in training. We are looking forward to getting good results," the coach remarked.

The top athletes will make it to the national team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships slated for Poland next month.

At the same time, UAF intends to present a bid to host the World Cross Country Championships in 2017.

An earlier plan to stage the event in 2015 failed.

China staged the championship then.

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