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World bronze medalist Solomon Munyo Mutai has said he got his strategy wrong during the Marathon race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil yesterday.
Mutai battling at the Olympics on Sunday.
World bronze medalist Solomon Munyo Mutai has said he got his strategy wrong during the  Marathon race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil yesterday.

“I relaxed and let the front pack leave me behind. But also the rain did not help,” Mutai said after the race where he finished 8th with a time of 2:11:49. The race was won by Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge who dominated the race for most of the spells to clock 2:08:44.

The 2012 London Olympic champion Steven Kiprotich finished in a distant 14th place, while Jackson Kiprop was in 80th place. The 24-year old said that he had decided to reduce his speed after an hour but later failed to get close to the leading pack.

Ethiopia's Felisa Lilesa came in second place, while Galen Rupp from US struggled to win the bronze medal.

“Our team tried to put up a good show in the marathon and also the likes of Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, Ronald Musagala and Halimah Nakaayi,” Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) President, Dominic Otuchet told URN last night.

Uganda sent 21 athletes to the Games with two boxers and two swimmers all falling out in the qualifiers.  Cheptegei finished 8th in the 5000m men's final that was won by England's Mohamed Farah.

All Uganda's athletes received 3 million Shillings for qualifying for the Olympics, while they received 340,000 Shillings  (US$100) per day during the Games.

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