Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich and Solomon Mutai have been included on the Uganda team of top athletes to feature in the Summer Olympics games in Rio, Brazil next year.
Seven Ugandan athletes have already hit the qualification mark and are upbeat ahead of the showpiece.
Kiprotich who won marathon gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games returns along with Mutai a bronze medal winner at this year’s Beijing World Championships in China.
The duo will travel to South America with fellow countrymen; Jackson Kiprop and Alex Chesakit (also marathon) and 10,000 m specialists in Joshua Cheptekgei, Timothy Toriotich and Moses Kibet.
Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) believes the athletes are going to put a splendid show at the games because they have been all over Europe gaining bouts of experience.
“The younger athletes are working hard and winning several races in Europe. They are getting the exposure and maturity to perform well at the top,” he told Xinhua.
Kiprotich is eyeing another memorable triumph at the games after the Beijing World Championships two months ago, coming as close as second after 30km but finishing sixth with 2 minutes and 15 seconds off the mark.
“I want win the gold at the games again and I am warning not only my compatriot Solomon Mutai, but the world that I want to win the gold again,” Kiprotich told Kawowo Sports last month.
“We have shown the world that we are becoming a strong hold in marathon and I think we can dominate this race for a long time.”