2012 Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich is set to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
The Ugandan long-distance runner finished fifth at the NN Mission Marathon in the Netherlands on Sunday.
For starters, the Uganda Athletics Federation will only take three Marathon Athletes with the best qualification time at this summer’s Olympic games in Japan.
Kiprotich clocked 2:09.04 to fell short of the qualification mark. Prior to the epic race, the 2012 Olympic Marathon winner needed to beat Solomon Mutai’s time of 2:08.25 who is third on best times for a Ugandan during the qualification campaign.
As it stands, Kiprotich is below Felix Chemonges with a time of 2:05.12 (Toronto Marathon), Fred Musobo (2:06.56 in Daegu) and Solomon Mutai (2:08.25).
Unless otherwise, the trio will represent Uganda at the global event while Kiprotich will defiantly miss out.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s iconic Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge won the NN Mission Marathon in Enschede with a time of 2:04.3 on Sunday.