Kipsiro Makes it to London Olympics 5000m Finals

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Interestingly while medal table leaders China have all their athletes including winners fly back to China, Uganda’s team including the officials have opted to remain in London to watch the other Games despite their meager allowances of $72 per day and $360 for officials as compared to other nations that are earning bigger allowances.

After failing in the 10,000m race, Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro made amends to qualify for the 5000m finals this afternoon at the 2012 London Olympics.

Kipsiro who also won gold in the 5000m race at the Commonwealth Games in India was in good form as he was in the lead two laps to the end, but could not maintain the momentum. Beatrice Ayikoru, the secretary Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) commended Kipsiro for putting up a spirited performance and said the entire country is praying he picks up a medal in the finals.

Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel was the best qualifier with 13 minutes 15.15 seconds in heat 2 which also had Kipsiro recording 13:17.56. Another Ugandan Abraham Kiplimo managed a distant 15th place in the same heat with Kipsiro, while Geoffrey Kusuro was 19th in heat 1.

Among the notable names who qualified for the 5000m besides Kipsiro includes Yenew Alamirew (Ethiopia), Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya), Berhard Lagat (USA), Abdalaati Iguider (Morocco) and another American Galen Rupp.

Kipsiro remains the only Ugandan still in contention for a medal and marathoner Stephen Kiprotich who will compete on the last day of the Games.

Uganda’s list of athletes who have all failed to perform include; Edwin Ekiring (badminton), Charles Ssekyeya (Weightlifting), Ganzi Mugula, Jamila Lunkuse (Swimming), Jacob Araptany, Benjamin Kiplagat, Dorcus Inzikuru, Janet Achola, Thomas Ayeko, Jane Suuto, Julius Mutekanga, Janet Achola, Geoffrey Kusuro and Abraham Kiplimo (Athletics).

Interestingly while medal table leaders China have all their athletes including winners fly back to China, Uganda’s team including the officials have opted to remain in London to watch the other Games despite their meager allowances of $72 per day and $360 for officials as compared to other nations that are earning bigger allowances.

 

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