A gold medallist in Forest Gate
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 August 2012
It was a golden moment for a Forest Gate church group when they were able to meet and greet the London 2012 Marathon winner, Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich.
And they got to see the prized Gold medal that he brought along to Durning Hall in Earlham Grove when the Kingdom Love Christian Fellowship hosted a reception.
A packed out crowd at the community centre took photographs and could not stop asking questions of the man who created history at the London Games by winning the first gold medal by a Ugandan distance runner.
The country’s only previous Olympic champion was John Akii-Bua, who set a world record in the 1972 Munich Games 400 metres hurdles final,
Stephen Kiprotich celebrated winning gold on day 16 of the final event of the athletics programme at The Mall on August 12, 2012 before thousands of cheering spectators on the streets of London.
He crossed the line in two hours eight minutes one second, some 26 seconds ahead of defending Olympic Champion Kirui.
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