Commonwealth Games: Ugandan Marathoner Wins Gold Despite Running Wrong Way

Commonwealth Games: Ugandan Marathoner Wins Gold Despite Running Wrong Way

  • Victor Kiplangat was the man of the moment at the Commonwealth Games after he claimed a gold medal despite taking a wrong turn in the race
  • The youngster ran the wrong way as he approached the finish line during the hotly-contested race in Birmingham
  • Incredibly, Kiplangat found his way back to finish first ahead of Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu and Michael Mugo Githae of Kenya

Ugandan marathoner Victor Kiplangat stole the headlines during the Commonwealth Games after he bagged a gold medal in the men's marathon despite running the wrong way.

It is understood that Kiplangat took a wrong turn nearly a mile away from the finishing line, a blunder that almost cost him the gold medal.

Victor Kiplangat, Ugandan, Commonwealth Games, Birmingham.
Victor Kiplangat of Uganda celebrates his gold medal victory in the Men's Marathon at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Victoria Square. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis.
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According to The Sun, the 22-year-old went the wrong way as he approached the end of the race in Birmingham.

Fortunately for the Ugandan, he had established a strong lead against his opponents and went on to finish the race one minute and 34 seconds earlier than his closest challenger.

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Speaking after the race, Kiplangat admitted that he was confused in the final stretch of the race, but was glad to finish top.

"The people riding the motorcycles were confusing me. They told me to turn back but I still made it to the finish. I believe Uganda is proud of me today. We have been waiting for this," he said.

Kiplangat posted a time of 2:10:55, a few moments short of the Games' record of 2:09.12 that was inked by Ian Thompson of England in 1974.

Meanwhile, Tanzania's Alphonse Simbu finished second to claim the silver medal, with Kenya's Michael Mugo Githae settling for bronze.

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