No Rest For Golden Kipsiro As Star Leaves for Africa Senior Championship in Morocco

Moses Kipsiro will have no time to rest after he arrived with the Commonwealth Games team Thursday afternoon and will leave before Friday midday for the 19th Confederation of African Athletics Africa Senior Championship in Morocco.

Moses Kipsiro of Uganda, centre, wins the 10,000m final in front of Josphat Kipkoech Bett of Kenya, left, and Cameron Levins of Canada.
Moses Kipsiro of Uganda, centre, wins the 10,000m final in front of Josphat Kipkoech Bett of Kenya, left, and Cameron Levins of Canada.

Kipsiro was Uganda’s only athlete to win a gold medal at the just ended 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. He beat stiff competition from the Kenyan athletes to defend his 10,000m gold medal, but failed in the 5,000m race where he finished 8th.

Dominic Otuchet, the President Uganda Athletics federation (UAF) told this paper in a phone interview that Kipsiro was entered in both 10,000m and 5,000m races for the African Championship August 10-15 which is a major event on the calender.

Otuchet said they are sending a seven man squad that will be accompanied by a coach and UAF Secretary Beatrice Ayikoru. Female athlete Winnie Nanyondo who also won a bronze medal in the 800m race at the Coomonwealth Games will also be part of the team together with Joshua Cheptegei who won gold in the 10,000m race at the recent World Junior Championships held in Eugene, US last month.

The other members on the team include; Thomas Ayeko, Maureen Banua, Dennis Opio and Lucy Aber. At the last Africa Senior Championships held in Benin, Uganda’s Sarah Nambawa and Benjamin Kiplagat won gold and bronze respectively.

Morocco’s acceptance to take on the organization of the event occurs after those held in Ethiopia (2008), Kenya (2010), and Benin (2012) and ahead of that scheduled to take place in South Africa in 2016. Nigeria are the defending champions of the event.

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