KAMPALA. Uganda’s only medallist at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, Solomon Mutai, hopes to inspire more young talent to pursue their dreams. Mutai clocked 2:13:30 to win bronze in the 42.195km race ahead of Olympic and former world champion, Stephen Kiprotich.
The marathoner’s feat earned him 500 votes as Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) members converged yesterday to vote for the most outstanding sportsman from last month.
The sports journalists picked Mutai for the Nile Special-sponsored award ahead of the national netball team, the She Cranes, who got 445 votes.
The She Cranes worked against several odds to finish eighth at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia and will feel undone to have missed out on the accolade much as they lost to a more deserving winner. “In Bukwo, the mood is different and it is no longer about me. Young athletes are working hard and are already strategizing on how to achieve their dreams,” Mutai, whose marathon career is barely two years old, said. “I am happy about the Uspa award and I am sure it will inspire the young ones more,” he added.
Mutai will be awarded at a dinner on September 17. The scribes also commended the Uganda baseball team who became the first African side to win a match at the World Little League Championships where they beat Papau New Guinea.
The motorsport crew of Desh Kananura and Moses Matovu, who finished second in the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally, also made the commendation list alongside amateur golfer Ronald Otile.
Otile stood out at the Uganda Open by winning both the amateur and professionals categories. Also commended were Kobs, who won the National Rugby 7s title for the first time in nine years.