KAMPALA- Only Shs79.2m of the total Shs1.116bn prize kitty staked for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships was won by Ugandan athletes.
A Daily Monitor computation found that Kenya took nearly half of the US$310,000 worth of prize money at Sunday’s event which was held at Kololo Independence grounds.
With the juniors not included in the prize purse, Jacob Kiplimo’s Gold in the Junior men’s race, like all the other junior athletics’ competitions, doesn’t come with any money.
Only the top six finishers in the two individual races – senior men and women - and the top four teams in the mixed relay categories get to cash in. The top six teams also get more than just medals.
No Ugandan finished in the top six positions in the individual races with Timoth Toroitich the best placed when he came ninth among the seniors.
However, that team that had Torotich, Joshua Cheptegei, Stephen Kiprotich, Abdallah Mande, Philip Kipyeko and Stephen Kissa finished third in the senior category.
This comes with a $12,000 (Shs43.2m) cash prize. The winners of this, Ethiopia, got $20,000 (Shs72m) whereas Kenya pocketed $16,000 (Shs57.6m) for second place.
The only other Ugandan team to draw from IAAF’s purse was the senior women’s side who finished a collective fourth for $10,000 (Shs36m).
At the end of the race, Uganda’s mixed relay team that had Ronald Musagala, Dorcus Ajok, Winnie Nannyondo and Geoffrey Ruto was disqualified after crossing the line in fourth.
Consequently, Bahrain was elevated to fourth which comes with $4000 (Shs14.4m). This race is where Kenya’s medal and money hunt started.
First, victory in the inaugural mixed relays brought $12,000 (Shs43.2m) for first place. Later in the day, their women’s senior athletes banked all the $70, 000 (Shs252m) meant for the top six.
Irene Chepet Cheptai led a first-ever top-six sweep at the event.
Cheptegei’s capitulation in the final kilometer for Geoffrey Kamworor to retain his senior men’s world title gave the Kenyan Gold and $30,000 (Shs108m).
Leonard Kiplimo Barsoton came second to add another $15,000 (Shs54m) to the Kenyan economy.
Gold and silver for the senior women’s and men’s teams delivered another Shs72m and Shs57.6m for a grand total of Shs543.6m (about $151,000).
Ethiopia finished second in the money bracket with Shs219.6m. Their men’s senior team contributed Shs72m of that with gold.
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY
HOW KENYA GOT SHS543M
Men’s Senior race: 1st and 2nd
Women’s Senior race: Swept top six
Mixed Relay: 1st
Teams: women 1st, men 2nd
Men’s senior race: 3rd and 4th
Mixed Relay: 2nd
Teams: men 1st, women 2nd
Teams: men 3rd, women 4th
IAAF PRIZE MONEY
1st: $30,000 (Shs108m)
2nd: $15,000 (Shs54m)
3rd: $10,000 (Shs36m)
4th: $7000 (Shs25.2m)
5th: $5000 (Shs18m)
6th: $3000 (Shs10.8m)
1st: $20,000 (Shs72m)
2nd: $16,000 (Shs57.6m)
3rd: $12,000 (Shs43.2m)
4th: $10,000 (Shs36m)
5th: $8000 (Shs28.8m)
6th: $4000 (Shs14.4m)
1st: $12,000 (Shs43.2m)
2nd: $8000 (Shs28.8m)
3rd: $6000 (Shs21.6m)
4th: $4000 (Shs14.4m)