Monday, August 13, 2012

LONDON 2012: Day 16: Olympic heroes of the day - Stephen Kiprotich and Kevin Durant

Before I forget.. one last Olympic hero of the day: Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich got his moment on the grandest stage of all. He won the marathon earlier today beating out Ethiopian and Kenyan favorites to win his country their second ever gold medal and first in 40 years. His time of 2:08:11 was 26 seconds clear of Abel Kirui in second, with Wilson Kipsang a further 70 seconds back. Can't imagine how Kiprotich felt when he listened to the Ugandan national anthem at the closing ceremony, where he received his medal. A well-deserved recognition!

After he won he said: "If I die now, I die an Olympic champion; I'm so happy!"

Special mention to the Dream Team 2.0 - USA who put to bed an inspired assault from Spain to win 107-100 and take the gold in basketball for a second straight Olympics. Kevin Durant deserves an honorable mention.. He sunk down 30 points today and in the process scored more points in an Olympics than anyone else in US history. He set a Summer Games record with 34 three-pointers, shooting 52% from beyond the arc in London. It was an awesome final, Spain tried their hardest and Kobe Bryant's moment consoling his fellow Laker Pau Gasol was the cherry on the top.


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Hostpph said...

Congratulation to Kiprotich because it is quite hard for a country without so much money to send their athletes.