Healthy Kiprotich Trains On Despite Easter

Stephen Kiprotich is one of the favorites to win this month's London Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The Ugandan gold medalist is gearing up for the London Marathon.

Early in March, news reports from Kenya surfaced that Olympic gold medalist in the marathon Stephen Kiprotich had been involved in a car accident.

Apparently, Kiprotich wasn’t injured in the incident, but that didn’t stop the press from speculating as to the Ugandan athlete’s condition.

Yesterday, the Ugandan Web site New Vision reported that a healthy Kiprotich is training in Kenya with other athletes — forgoing a trip home for Easter in order to keep working out.

Kiprotich, who surprised the Kenyans and Ethiopians in London last summer, is coached by Peter Sang.

He is gearing up for the London Marathon that kicks off later this month.

At the Olympics, he ran 2:08:01 on a difficult course, managing to pull away from pre-race favorites Wilson Kipsang and Abel Kirui with just 5K to go.

The London Marathon is traditionally a fast course and if Kiprotich prevails, he will return to Uganda a much-richer man ($55,000 plus a $100,000 bonus if he can break 2:05).

For More: New Vision

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