Kiprotich clinched the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics winning in a time of 2:08.01.
Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has approved a cash reward of 5 million shillings for Uganda’s London Olympics Marathon Gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich. The reward was approved in the KCCA special council sitting on Tuesday chaired by Erias Lukwago, the City Lord Mayor. Kiprotich clinched the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics winning in a time of 2:08.01.
He won ahead of Kenyan runners Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich—winning by almost 200-meters after blowing the competition away in the final ten kilometers of the race. The motion to reward Kiprotich for his victory was tabled by Aidha Nakuya, the KCCA female youth councilor. Nakuya proposed that Kiprotich be given shillings 5 million for uplifting the name of the country through his victory.
She was supported by Alan Ssewanyana, the councilor Makindye division who wanted the cash reward increased to 10 million shillings. However, 11 councilors voted in favor of giving the athlete shillings 5 million. Sarah Muwayire Naiga, the councilor Makindye Division said that Kiprotich deserved the cash reward as a resident of Luzira in Nakawa division.
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Hamidha Namukasa Nansubuga, the councilor Kawempe south explains that the cash reward does not include individual contributions from the lord mayor and Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director and councilors.
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Jennifer Musisi says that the money will be drawn from the donation account of the city mayors.