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UPDATED: 11:07, March 26, 2006
Kiprop wins Uganda's second gold at Commonwealth Games
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Former World champion Boniface Kiprop won Uganda's second gold medal from the men's 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, according to report reaching here on Saturday.

The former junior 10,000m champion kept the lead for most part of the race, beating his Tanzanian and Kenyan opponents by sprinting across the finish line in 27 minutes and 50.99 seconds.

"It's Uganda's second medal and everyone will be very proud of me," Kiprop said after his victory on the penultimate day of the 18th Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Keyan Geoffrey Kipngeno tried to catch Kiprop in the final 200m but had to settle for the silver medal with the time of 27:51.16, while Tanzania's Fabian Naasi took the bronze in 27:52.99.

The 21-year-old's victory marked the second gold for his nation, though he did not better his own national 10,000m record of 26 minutes 39.77 seconds, not too far away from Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele's world record of 26 minutes 17.53 seconds.

Kiprop's last major victory was at the 2004 World junior Championships in Italy when he won the 10,000m final and he finished 4th at both the 2004 Olympics in Athens and 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Uganda's first gold medal at the Games was won by 24-year-old Dorcus Inzikuru in the 3,000 steeplechase on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua


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