New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Kiprotich Ready for Moscow Showdown

LONDON 2012 Olympic gold medallist Stephen Kiprotich and 2013 Mumbai Marathon champion Jackson Kiprop are well aware of the challenge that awaits them at the World Championships in Moscow on Saturday and are ready for the challenge.

The duo oozed confidence before being flagged off together with Abram Kiplimo by National Council of Sports General Secretary Jasper Aligawesa.

"I'm aware of all the conditions and that the Ethiopians and Kenyans will be targeting me but I will run my own race and am hopeful of good results and I pray for a win," Kiprotich stated.

"I'm happy that this time am not alone like I was in London, but I have a good team of Abraham Kiplimo and Jackson Kiprop who I feel can also win the race," he added.

He further added that the London Marathon taught him a good lesson because he was running with the world's best athletes.

He explained that people should not judge him by the London Marathon results early this year.

"Running is like any other business where today it's booming and tomorrow it's a different thing altogether. I know my fans didn't expect my performance in April but I have trained hard and I hope I will perform well and win a medal."

Kiprop also added that all they are targeting is medals and they will work as a team while in Moscow to make sure that Uganda does not return home empty handed.

Kiprop this year won the Mumbai Marathon in India with a time of 2:09:32 despite entering the race as a pace setter.

NCS secretary Aligawesa urged the athletes to front their nation and keep the Uganda flag flying on behalf of the 36 million Ugandans.

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