Uganda’s long distance runner Stephen Kiprotich will not be at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as it stands.
Kiprotich, who won Olympic gold at 2012 London games, fell short of the qualification mark at the NN Mission Marathon in Enschede, Netherlands on Sunday.
He finished fifth at a time of 2:09.04 in an epic race won by Kenyan World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge.
Athletics governing body in the Country, Uganda Athletics Federation, is expected to take three Athletes with the best qualification time to Olympics, with the deadline for qualification for the Marathon is set by end of April.
Coming into the race, Kiprotich wanted to beat the time of 2:08.25 held by Solomon Mutai who is the third on best times for a Ugandan during this ongoing qualification window.
Felix Chemonges got 2:05.12 (Toronto Marathon), Fred Musobo finished with 2:06.56 in Daegu while Solomon Mutai clocked 2:08.25 in Vienna, all in 2019.
Kiprotich’s 2:08.31 in Hamburg in 2019 remains his best and still within the Olympics qualification time but still below the top three in Uganda, and as it stands, Chemonges, Musobo and Mutai will raise Uganda’s flag in Marathon in Tokyo.
Geoffrey Kusuro finished sixth while Chemonges came eighth on Sunday in Eschende, at a race that was originally scheduled to take place in Hamburg on April 11 but moved due to Covid19.