Little-known long distance runner Solomon Munyo Mutai has won Uganda’s first medal at the fifteenth edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China today morning after coming third to win bronze in a competitive field dominated by East Africans.
The 22 year old Mutai who hails from Bukwo made his first podium finish at a world event recorded 2 hours, 13 minutes and 30 seconds to win the Bronze medal. He started his career as a short distance runner before shifting to the long-distance events.
Eritrea’s 19-year old youngster Ghirmay Ghebreslassie claimed gold in 2:12:28 and became the youngest athlete to win a road race at the World Championships.
The little-known Ghirmay, won Eritrea’s first medal at the ongoing world championships and also his first individual marathon honor after the impressive run which saw him overcome some setbacks culminating from running in wrong tracks.
Ethiopia’s Yamane Tsegay finished a distant second and took home silver after recording a season best time of 2:13:08 to deny space for Kenyans who usually dominate such races.
Uganda’s other representative Steven Kiprotich who is the defending champion, finished sixth despite keeping a close distance to the second position with only 30 meters on the track remaining but ran out of steam recording 2 hours, 14 minutes and 43 seconds on the clock.
The others on the team Jackson Kiprop finished 10th with 2:15:16 while Abraham Kiplimo did not finish the grueling race.