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Getting To Know Kiprotich Through His Wife

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 22, 2012
Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich and his happy family. Photo: MSNBC.com

The Olympic gold medalist is happily married with a young family.

When Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda made a move to drop two world-class Kenyans at the Olympic marathon earlier this month, many in the press were left scratching their heads, wondering just who this runner was.

Since then, Kiprotich’s story has been cataloged, but a recent interview with his wife sheds some new light on the Ugandan hero.

Her name is Patricia Cherop. She’s 24, and the couple have two children, Eliud Musao of one-and-a-half years and Esther Chebet, 4.

Cherop says her husband is a fantastic provider for the family.

“He is a hardworking and loving man,” she admits, “He is also prayerful. Everyday, he wakes up at 5:00am to train. Whenever he goes for national and international races, he saves some money to buy meat and clothes for the family.”

Additionally, Kiprotich’s wife says that her husband loves to eat “beans and posho, irish potatoes and sojet, a wild bitter vegetable, which I gather from Mt. Elgon Forest National Park.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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