The Olympic gold medalist in the marathon clocked 61 minutes and 15 seconds.
Uganda’s best distance runner has started out 2013 with a bang. Stephen Kiprotich, who upset the Kenyans and Ethiopians in last year’s Olympic Marathon, won the Granollers Half Marathon, setting a new personal best of 61:15 for the 13.1-mile distance.
Kiprotich, who is 23 years old, defeated hometown favorite Carles Castillejo of Spain who won the race last year.
“It was a tough race but I was confident I would win,” Kiprotich said. “But I am happy I set a new personal best.”
The Ugandan ended up breaking away from the lead pack around the 6K mark with Castillejo and Kenyan David Maru sticking with him. In the end, Maru dropped back and Kiprotich outkicked Castillejo.
In last year’s Summer Olympics Kiprotich won the marathon event. He became the first Ugandan to ever win the 26.2-mile gold medal.
A total of 12,000 runners took part in the Granollers Half Marathon last Sunday.
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