Ugandans: Stephen Kiprotich, Filex Chemonges & Fred Musobo
Event: Men’s Marathon
Date: Sunday, August 8
Time: 1:00am (Ug Time)
TV: Supersport (Olympics channel 1)
Uganda will be hoping to close the Tokyo Olympics in style when the Marathon, the last event of the games, gets underway in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
The event will see 106 men take a 42km race in search for gold and pride.
Uganda’s team will be led by the experienced Stephen Kiprotich, 32, who will be seeking to exorcise his London 2012 demons.
Its nine years since Kiprotich beat Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang to win the London Olympics Marathon in a time of 2:08:11.
Kiprotich went on and repeated the same heroics the following year to win the World Championships in Moscow.
Since then, he went off the radar and finished 14th in Rio Olympics and it remains to be seen if the veteran still has something in his tank.
Fred Musobo comes with a personal best of 2:06:56 but Uganda’s main hopes of a medal will be in Felix Chemonges who holds the National record of 2:05.12 which he set in Toronto in 2019.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge is the outright favourite. The only man to run a sub-two hour marathon also holds the World record time of 2:01:39.
His competitors are buoyed by the fact that Kipchoge finished a lowly eighth at the 2020 London Marathon.
In London, it was Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata who beat Kipchoge, clocking a time of 2:05:41 and will pose the biggest challenge.
World Champion Lelisa Desisa and Sisay Lemma complete Ethiopia’s three men team while Kenya also has Lawrence Cherono whose 2:03:04 is the seventh fastest time in history and Amos Kipruto.
Veteran Galen Rupp of the United States will be the other name to look out for in a Marathon that will be held under hot temperatures.
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