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Ugandan Olympic athletes train in Kenya

04-18-2012 07:56 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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The Olympic Games give many sportsmen and women, a chance to compete for the pride of a nation. One such sportsman is Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, one of Uganda's lead athletes going into the London games. The double commonwealth champion has shifted his training base to Kenya’s North rift region, as he looks to improve his chances for a medal in London.

The chepkoilel campus murram track in Kenya’s town of Eldoret is at its busiest as ahletes from different nationalities share one of the most popular training tracks in Kenya’s North Rift region. Among this large group is Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro, the double commonwealth champion.

Moses Kipsiro said, "In an Olympic year people want to ensure they win a medal and will do anything and so I also decided for the first time to change my training venue from Uganda to Kenya and to add to this there’s no privacy at home"

Despite being a Ugandan native Kipsiro feels at home in Kenya as he shares a dialect with many Kenyan athletes. This has proven crucial during competitions, where he’s been able to understand every communication amongst Kenyan athletes who are regarded the fiercest of competitors in long distance athletics. This was witnessed at the 2010 commonwealth games where Kipsiro defied the odds to win both the 5,000 and 10,000m titles. But 2011 is a year he’d like to forget, a year dominated by injuries.

Moses Kipsiro said, "I didn’t compete in 2011 since I got a knee and calf injury and when I had recuperated I got ill again with typhoid."

Now the 26 year old is trying to get back on track by qualifying for the London games. The two time African champion is yet to decide which races he’ll compete in to earn the qualifying mark in the 5,000m which is his specialty.

Moses Kipsiro said, "The 5,000m is a very difficult and tactical race where anyone can win?"

Early this year Kipsiro competed indoors for the first time in the absence of the world cross country championship after the IAAF decided to hold the race every two years. With African and commonwealth titles in his hat, along with a World bronze medal, Uganda will be looking to Kipsiro as their biggest hope for an Olympic medal for the first time since 1996.

Moses Kipsiro said, "I understand everyone’s in Uganda is looking at me but I cannot allow pressure to control me?

An Olympic medal is often considered the biggest prize in sports and Kipsiro can only hope the changes he’s made in 2012 will allow him to be among the few who claim this prize.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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