17 August 2013

Uganda: Kiprotich Eyes Gold On 'Perfect' Moscow Course

Moscow — If there is any trouble during Saturday's IAAF World championships men's marathon race in Moscow for any Ugandan, it will not be the course at least.

This is after the Ugandan trio of Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich, Jackson Kiprop and Abraham Kiplimo passed the 42.198km course as perfect with minimal challenges ahead of their race.

With this approval, the three marathoners decided it was needless for them to check the entire course ahead of today's race. They instead settled for a relaxed evening, spent away in their Cosmos Hotel room.

They left the inspection to their coach and team leader.

They say the course is over 70% flat and will be run on smooth roads - not the usual rugged terrain they normally train on.

"It is perfect," Kiprotich told national coach Benjamin Longiross. He said they watched the women's marathon before they traveled and what they are hoping for is "perfect weather".

The athletes should be delighted that the temperatures are not as high as they were in the recent days of the event.

For Saturday, the weather forecast shows the highest temps at 22o C, which is fairly perfect for the East African runners from Kenya, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Both Longiross and team leader Dominic Otuchet checked the route to look for the water and sponging points - both crucial points of the race - and found the course is good shape.

The marathoners will not only be targeting to better Alex Malinga's 2005's performance when he finished fifth, but they will also look to have at least a runner at the medal podium at the end of the race.

Meanwhile, Britain's Mo Farah beat Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech to win the 5,000m gold and at the same time become only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' in the distance events.

The 30-year-old runner hit the finish line in minutes and 26.99 seconds to claim his fifth global outdoor title.

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