Kiplangat delivers Uganda’s first-ever Common-wealth Games marathon title

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Victor Kiplangat took a wrong turn about a mile from the finish but still managed to give Uganda their first-ever Commonwealth Games marathon gold in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 22-year-old barely put a foot wrong until his moment of confusion but he regathered himself and timed 2hr 10min 55sec, coming home with a broad grin on his face.

“The people riding the motorcycles were con-fusing me,” he said. “They told me to turn back. But I still made it to the finish.” There were no such navigational problems for Australia’s Jessica Sten-son, who turned two successive bronze medals into gold at last in the women’s race.—APP

 

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