By Michael Mugote Bryson
Uganda cranes’ skipper Andy Mwesigwa has praised Stephen Kiprotich 6th position in the 33rd edition of the Virgin London Marathon held in
London on Sunday 21-April -2013. Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede unleashed a late surge to take it all.
Mwesigwa thanked Stephen Kiprotich’s enduring efforts but blamed him for not having beaten the race’s top five in time. “Well done our boy.
“That is not bad”. Andy Mwesigwa said in an interview with The red Pepper reporter. “Anyway he finished strong but he would have been
close to the first 3 guys, am sure he would have beaten them on finishing because he had power”. Mwesigwa added.
When asked whether Kiprotich lacked fitness to land another medal from his sweats on London streets, Mwesigwa disagreed with the claims
saying “No, he has been fit only he just timed bad. “but he will make it another day”.
Stephen Kiprotich, is the 2012 Olympic champion in the marathon, with a winning time of 2:08:01 in hot, sunny, and humid conditions. This
was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996, the first gold medal since 1972, and the first ever in the marathon.
Born on 24 April 1984, Andrew Mwesigwa is a Ugandan international footballer who plays professionally for Kazakh side FC Ordabasy, as a
defender. He began his career in 2002 with Ugandan side Villa SC, before moving to Icelandic club ÍBV in 2006. Mwesigwa made his
international debut for Uganda in 2003 and replace Ibrahim Ssekajja in the cranes’ captaincy
After spending the 2010 season with Chinese side Chongqing Lifan, in February 2011 he signed a two-year contract with Kazakhstan Premier
League side FC Ordabasy. 33rd Virgin London Marathon 42 kilometer top ten
1 Kebede, Tsegaye (Eth)
2 Mutai, Emmanuel (Ken)
3 Abshero, Ayele (Eth)
4 Lilesa, Feyisa (Eth)
5 Kipsang, Wilson (Ken)
6 Kiprotich, Stephen (Uga)
7 Asmerom, Yared (Eri)
8 Biwott, Stanley (Ken)
9 Chani, Hafid (Mar)
10 Lamdassem, Ayad (Esp)