Graceful Gold for the Pearl of Africa

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Graceful Gold for the Pearl of Africa


Volcanoes Safaris are delighted to join in the celebrations and congratulations to Uganda’s very own Marathon Man Stephen Kiprotich on his stunning gold medal in the Olympic Marathon in London.

Kiprotich, 23, a farmers’ son from the Kapchorwa District close to the Kenyan border, wasn’t even born to celebrate Uganda’s last Olympic Gold medal; his victory ended a forty-year wait for a gold for Uganda! Speaking after the race, Kiprotich, who was running only his forth marathon and is already being hailed as another ‘Rift Valley phenomenon’ said, “I was thinking that maybe the Kenyans would win but I kept in touch, so I decided to move. It is wonderful for my country, my family, my people, everybody in Uganda. I’m very happy.”

Uganda’s only previous gold medal came in the 1972 Berlin Olympics when police officer Akii-Bua, who with a lack of competitive competition used to train in a weighted vest on hurdles six-inches higher than standard, won the 400m hurdles in a world record time. There is already talk of a national holiday being created in honour of Kiprotich and his victory!

Mwebale o kuwangula omu ndali Stephen! Thanks for bringing home Gold!