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Biography of Stephen KIPROTICH

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Born on 27/02/1989 (format : day/month/year)

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Stephen Kiprotich born February 27, 1989 is a is a Ugandan long-distance runner, born in Kapchorwa District. He is the 2012 Olympic champion in the marathon, with a winning time of 2:08:01 in hot, sunny, and humid conditions. This was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996, the first gold medal since 1972, and the first ever in the marathon.

"I have been dreaming, 'Can I be like John Akii-Bua?' There is a time for everything, a time to train and a time to relax. I think today I joined the champions, so I am happy."

It was Uganda's second ever Olympic gold medal after John Akii-Bua won the 400m hurdles in the 1972 Games in Munich, with the east African country's only other medal a bronze from 400m runner Davis Kamonga in 1996.
Kiprotich was born on 27 February 1989 and is long-distance runner, born in Kapchorwa. He is now the 2012 Olympic Marathon champion after stunning a field with a host of Kenyans and Ethiopians.

At the age of seventeen he moved to Eldoret, Kenya to pursue his career as a long distance runner. He is the youngest of seven children.

He finished 9th in the 13th IAAF world athletics championship in Daegu last year and was 6th in the 2010 Africa championships in Nairobi.

This year alone Kiprotich had four international exposures in the marathon, 30km and half marathon with three events in Tokyo and the other in Manchester to given him enough preparation for the Olympics.


Last update : 08/12/2012

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