Uganda’s star marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich will have to delay the start of his training ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games because of injury.
Kiprotich, who won the 2012 Olympics gold medal in London and the 2013 World Athletics Championships gold in Moscow, is seen as Uganda’s biggest hope for a medal at the Commonwealth games. Kiprotich suffered his injury while training ahead of the Virgin London Marathon.
But Gordon Ahimbisibwe, an official of the Uganda Athletics federation (UAF), said although Kiprotich is injured, they are confident he will be fit to run at the Commonwealth Games, which begin in July in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.
Meanwhile, the UAF is preparing many other athletes to represent the country at the games according to Ahimbisibwe. The 3000 metres steeple-chase star, Dorcus Inzikuru, who won gold at the 2005 World Championships, is expected to be back in contention for a slot at the Games, now that she has recovered from injury.