16 Aug 2012

Olympic marathon champion gets hero's welcome

8:46 am on 16 August 2012

Uganda's Olympic men's marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich has returned home to a rapturous welcome in Kampala, an $US80,000 cheque and a pledge that his parents will get a new house.

Kiprotich, who beat the heavily-fancied Kenyans to claim Uganda's first Olympic gold medal in 40 years, was welcomed by cheering fans before being whisked away to a breakfast meeting with the country's president.

The state-run New Vision newspaper claimed to have raised over $US120,000 from public and corporate donations for Kiprotich, and it's aiming for $US500,000.

Kiprotich, who works as a warder in Uganda's prisons, has also been promoted by his bosses.