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

Kiplangat won the gold medal in the men’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham despite running the opposite way. At the end of the exhausting morning run through Birmingham’s streets, he had a comfortable lead, but his last kilometre or two was not without hardship. 

He 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 confusing me,” he said. “they told me to turn back. But I still made it to the finish.” 

Despite making an error, Kiplangat finished more than a minute and a half ahead of Alphonce Simbu of Tanzania, who won the bronze medal at the 2017 global championships and could have beaten the long-standing record set by Ian Thompson of England (2:09.12), set in Christchurch in 1974 had not been for the error. 

“I believed that I had some hope (of beating it) when I reached 35 kilometres,” he said, adding that making  history for his nation was more than enough consolation. 

After his victory, Kiplangat, who was not chosen for Uganda’s team at the most recent global championships in Eugene, Oregon, was bursting with confidence stating; 

“I believe Uganda is proud of me today. We have been waiting for this.” 

 

 

 

 

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