Stephen Kiprotich won a Silver medal at the Hamburg marathon, coming just six seconds behind eventual winner Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen last Saturday
The Ugandan was however supposed to participate in the London marathon that same day but he opted out to run in the Hamburg marathon he thought he stood a chance in.
“It was tough race but I decided to be composed and focused,” the 2012 Olympic champion Kiprotich said hours after the race.
Using lots of energy, Kiprotich was running in third place after 32km and charged to go past Kenya’s Kendagor as the race was came to an end.
Because of the too much energy, Kiprotich couldn’t link up with the Ethiopian thus settling for the second spot and Kendagor coming third.
The Ugandan runner posted a time of two hours, seven minutes and 31 seconds after 42km to count for his third best time of his six-year marathon career.
HAMBURG MARATHON RESULTS
1 Tsegaye Mekonnen (ETH) 2:07:26
2 Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) 2:07:31
3 Jacob Kendagor (KEN) 2:08:50
4 Robert Chemosin (KEN) 2:09:51
5 Japhet Kosgei (KEN) 2:11:12
6 Tsegaye Kebede (ETH) 2:12:31
7 Elkanah Kibet (USA) 2:13:36
8 David Nilsson (SWE) 2:15:40
9 Brad Milosevic (AUS) 2:16:24
10 Kenta Iinuma (JAP) 2:16:52