John Akii-Bua: Uganda's haunted Olympic hero

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich waves his national flag as he celebrates winning the men's Marathon during the London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A jack-of-all-trades, Akii-Bua started as a football player after being offered a job by the Ugandan police department.
  • The athletics bug only bit after the persuasion of Malcolm Arnold, a legendary British-born coach who had moved to Uganda to work as athletics coaching director.
  • Arnold played a major role in shaping the career of Akii-Bua, whom he described as having a limited experience.

When Stephen Kiprotich won the marathon gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, celebrations reverberated throughout Uganda.

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