Uganda’s Mutai wins medal, Kiprotich misses out


Munyo Solomon Mutai of Uganda crosses the line to win bronze in the Men’s Marathon during day one of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China/ Getty image

Ugandan marathoner, Munyo Solomon Mutai, is bringing back home a bronze medal from China.

Mutai finished third in the men’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Eritrean teenager, Ghirmay Ghebreselassie, won the marathon world title followed by Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay in second position, Uganda’s Mutai in 3rd position and world Olympic gold medalist, Stephen Kiprotich, in the 5th position.

Ghebreselassie became the youngest ever marathon world champion when he stunned a strong field of fellow East Africans to win the first title of the Beijing championships on Saturday.

The 19-year-old eased clear of the field over the final six kilometers and crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds to claim a first world championships gold medal for his country.

“I cannot explain what I am feeling, I am so happy,” he told reporters.

“I am so proud of this victory. My medal is the first gold medal in Eritrean history. It is a very special thing for our history.”

“My parents wanted me to be a great student but I wanted to be a great athlete. Today’s victory will be a great surprise to them.”

Tsegay, who led briefly before Ghebreselassie’s final surge, finished 40 seconds behind the Eritrean in second place, while Uganda’s Solomon Mutai claimed a bronze in 2.13.29.


The three winners

Ruggero Pertile of Italy, who led for much of the middle part of the race, finished fourth, while London 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championship winner, Kiprotich, gave up the world title he won two years ago from sixth place.

Jackson Kiprop, the other Ugandan in that 42km race finished 10th while Abraham Kiplimo did not finish.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, Moses Kibet and Timothy Toroitich will also try their luck in the 10.000m men’s final later today.

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