Museveni Gives Kiprotich UGX 200 Million

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Museveni handed Kiprotich a dummy cheque at Entebbe statehouse this morning and also promised to construct for his parents a three bed roomed house.

President Yoweri Museveni has given Steven Kiprotich, Uganda’s Olympic marathon Gold medalist a reward of shillings 200 million. Kiprotich clinched the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics on Sunday last week 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. His victory sent Ugandans in frenzy after waiting patiently for about 40 years without winning any Gold medal from the Olympics.

Museveni handed over a dummy cheque to Kiprotich this morning at Entebbe statehouse and also promised to construct for his parents a three bed roomed house. He instructed Lucy Nakyobe, the state House comptroller to ensure the money is wired immediately into the athletes account.

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Museveni pledged to ensure that the High attitude training camp in Kapchorwa will be ready within a year. He also promised financial support for medal winners at various levels and job placements.

Kiprotich who was accompanied by his family and members of the Sabiny community thanked Museveni for recognizing his efforts. He was later driven off an open roof Benz with his family to Kampala for lunch at the Serena Hotel.