23 SEP 2009 General News

Toroitich heads Ugandan squad for World Half Marathon

Martin Toroitich (Uganda) (Getty Images)Martin Toroitich (Uganda) (Getty Images) © Copyright

Kampala, UgandaMartin Kityo Toroitich who was a member of Uganda’s bronze medal winning team at the 2004 World Half Marathon Championships in New Delhi leads his country’s assault for honours at next month’s IAAF / EDF Energy World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham, UK on Sunday 11 October.

Toroitich, the elder brother of reigning 10,000m Commonwealth champion Boniface Kiprop has participated in three previous editions (2002 / 03 / 04) of the World Half Marathon with his last appearance performance being a 13th place finish in 2004 in New Delhi, when Uganda took the team bronze medal.

With Toroitich in Birmingham is Ugandan road running champion Isaac Kiprop, Moses Aliwa and Jackson Kiprop who will all be making their debuts at the World Half Marathon.

The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAFhas also named Adero Nyakisi, the Ugandan champion to participate in the women’s half marathon.

National coach Ronnie Kasirye is currently grilling the team at altitude in the mountainous areas of Bukwo from where they will depart to Birmingham.

UAF's technical arm selected the team basing on present fitness and performances in during the 2008/09 road running season covering races such as the National Half Marathon, MTN Kampala Marathon and Source of the Nile Marathon.

Daniel Senfuma for IAAF

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