Kipsiro Gives Up On Rio Olympics

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Three time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Moses Kipsiro has given up on making it for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Three time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Moses Kipsiro has given up on making it for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Although Kipsiro hit the qualifying mark for marathon for the Olympic Games he cannot make the Ugandan team because he is placed 7th among the athletes that qualified for the event.


Kipsiro made his debut in marathon in Hamburg, Germany in April where he finished 14th with a time of 02:15:48 in a race won by Ethiopia's Tesfaye Abera.


"I am not even thinking about the Olympics now because I will not be there in Brazil," said Kipsiro who also ruled out struggling to qualify for the the 5000m race.


The star athlete said he is now focusing on competing in several races in Europe. "Of course I would have loved to be at the Olympics," he added.


Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that even after injury ruling out Abraham Kiplimo, the three time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Kipsiro cannot make the marathon team.


Otuchet said they are yet to confirm if Uganda will be given four or three marathon slots. 2012 London Olympics marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich will lead the marathon team that also has World Championship bronze medalist Solomon Mutai.

Seventeen athletes including 2012 Olympics marathon gold medal winner Stephen Kiprotich have so far qualified to make Uganda's team. Besides the athletes two boxers Ronald Serugo and  Kenneth Katende have also qualified. The Games will take place August 7-21.