My hero

London Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich was spurred on by the last Ugandan to win Olympic gold: 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua.


"I read about John Akii-Bua from school books because I was not even born when he won his gold medal (at Munich 1972). It was a very special moment because it was the first gold medal ever won by Uganda. I’ve only seen a small section of the footage on TV and I’ve never seen the whole race.

"His success was very important for Uganda because it inspired athletes to come through, such as myself and Davis Kamoga, who won a bronze medal over 400m at the 1996 Olympic Games. If he was alive today I would ask him about what tactics he used to win the race.

"Would I make a better 400m hurdler than he would a marathoner? No, I doubt it. He would be a better marathon runner because for a marathoner the hurdles is impossible."