While Ugandans are still poignant about his twelveth place finish at Sunday’s 2014 Virgin London Marathon, Kenya Airways have unleashed a picture on twitter taken on their flight from London of among others Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The reigning World and Olympic champion who was sixth in the same race last year, slid further back finishing 12th position in two hours 11:37 minutes.
Stephen Kiprotich, 25 is seen on the extreme left of the picture donning his trademark full smile that also has London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang and Kenyan First Lady Margret Kenyatta while one of the smiling airhostess was holding a celebration cake.
The Kenyan leader had gone to London to cheer on his wife Margret who took part in the 42km race for charity.
Kiprotich spent the two months prior to flying to London in the Iten High Altitude training camp in Kenya and usually trains with the Kenyans before any major marathon.
One Ugandan twitter user wrote: ‘Even our #Kiprotich is featuring RT! Can’t get enough of this pic. The Kenyan President in the background LOL!!’ before the picture went viral on social media.
And in reference to his dismal performance another on facebook joked: ‘Congrats Kipro !! he might not have won the gold, but he at least featured in the picture. hihi kagyendere aho niyo busha’
Kenya’s world record holder Kipsang won the event in a new course record of 2:04:29. Another Kenyan Stanley Biwott came second while 2013 winner Tsegaye Kebede came third in a race that attracted 37000 runners.
Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat won the women’s elite race with Florence Kiplagat in second and Tirunesh Dibaba third.
Among those who beat Kiprotich in one of the world’s most lucrative races was Briton Mo Farah in eighth position.