GOLDEN BOY: Uganda's double Olympic and World Champion Stephen Kiprotich. Photo credit/iaaf.org

The crave for even a single medal at the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has seen Ugandans go wild over a hoax went viral on the internet indicating that reigning Olympic Marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich had bagged a gold medal in the same discipline early today.

For all their lack of knowledge about even the miniscule matters around the globe the anxious Ugandans, craving for a podium position from Uganda’s greatest sportsman so far, did not even bother to check with the games’ schedules, provided daily on the internet, which clearly indicate that the marathon is the last discipline, to be held on August 21.

Kip, as he is fondly called by his fans, first came to the limelight when he won the 2012 marathon gold medal in London, UK, becoming the second Ugandan after John Akii-Bua (RIP) to win a gold medal at the summer games. Kip then went on to win the 2014 World Marathon Championship that was staged in Moscow, Russia.

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FIRST GOLDEN BOY: John Akii-Bua celebrates his victory in the 110m hurdles at the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany.
FIRST GOLDEN BOY: John Akii-Bua celebrates his victory in the 110m hurdles at the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany.

The other Olympic gold medallist, John Akii-Bua won the 1972 110m hurdles race during the Summer games in Germany.