For all his efforts to bag a bronze medal at the just-concluded IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Solomon Mutai has been named by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) the Nile Special sports personality for August.
The 20-year old Mutai, battled for the monthly recognition with the She Cranes, who have just returned from a rewarding experience at the Netball World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals and finished 8th overall at the tournament of 14 countries.
Mutai, who clocked 2:10:42 in the 42 kilometre Marathon, garnered 500 votes, beating the She Cranes, who scored 455 votes by only 55 votes cast during the meeting that was chaired by USPA president Sabiiti-Muwanga.
Former World Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich, who is also the reigning Olympic Marathon champion also participated in the Marathon and emerged sixth in a field that had top names from powerhouses Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Other contenders for the top monthly accolade included rally driver Desh Kananura, golfer Ronald Otile, the Uganda Baseball team and the Rugby Cranes.
Meanwhile, at the same meeting Sabiiti-Muwanga also commended his colleagues for holding successful road safety activities just over a week ago.