Stephen Kiprotich Wins IOC Award

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 15, 2013
  • Updated May. 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM UTC
Stephen Kiprotich was recognized for his sportsmanship by the IOC. Photo:

The Ugandan marathoner receives it for Olympic sportsmanship.

He’s won Olympic gold in the marathon, but that doesn’t mean Stephen Kiprotich is done winning medals. According to a report on the Daily Mirror website, the Ugandan was recently awarded the “special medal” by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The special recognition came from from Ugandan sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi.

The IOC special medal goes to athletes who excel in sports and demonstrate sportsmanship in Olympic events.

“I am very honored and humbled because I didn’t sweat for this medal,” Kiprotich said. “It could have been given to any other Olympian.”

Kiprotich upset a top-class field of Kenyans and Ethiopians at last summer’s Games to win the marathon with 5K to go.

His victory ended a 40-year drought of Olympic gold for Uganda.

“This is very special,” a smiling Kiprotich said.

Kiprotich’s winning time in London was 2:08:01. He prevailed in less-than-ideal conditions on a challenging Olympic course.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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