Kiprotich returns to hero’s welcome

AFP-JIJI

Recently crowned Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich returned home Wednesday to a rapturous welcome in Uganda, an $80,000 check and a pledge that his parents will get a new house.

Kiprotich, who beat the heavily fancied Kenyan team to claim Uganda’s first gold medal in 40 years at the London Games, was welcomed by cheering fans before being whisked to a breakfast meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni presented the gold medalist with a check for approximately $80,000 and ordered the money “be deposited on his account before the close of business today,” the president’s office said in a statement.

Museveni also promised to construct a three-bedroom house for Kiprotich’s impoverished parents who live in a remote area of eastern Uganda, the statement said.