Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich was crowned Athlete of the Year at the Uganda Athletics Federations (UAF) annual awards gala at Serena Hotel on Saturday night.
Kiprotich beat Mumbai Marathon winner Jackson Kiprop, mountain runners Geoffrey Kusuro and Phillip Kiplimo to the top honour.
Kiplimo, who won the World Mountain Running Championships gold in Poland in September, finished second. Last month, Kiplimo also clinched silver behind Kusuro at the Africa Mountain Running Championships in Nigeria.
Kiplimo led Uganda to a 1-2-3-4 top finish in the World Mountain Running championships.
Kiprop, who finished sixth in the New York marathon and seventh in Moscow, was the second runner-up and the two picked cash prizes of sh0.75m.
Stella Chesang’s fourth place finish at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine saw her beat other runners, including Suzan Aneno and Shida Leni to the upcoming female athlete title. Denis Opio, who won a double at the National championships sprints in100m and 200m, scooped the upcoming male award.
Top athletes of 2013
Winner: Stephen Kiprotich
1st Runner Up: P.Kiplimo
2nd Runner up: Jackson Kiprop
Male: Denis Opio
Female: Stella Chesang