Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has won the men’s 5000m final, clinching gold and Uganda’s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
A pre-race favourite, Cheptegei ran a tactical race to burst across the finish line with a winning time of 13:50.83 minutes.
The 21-year-old athlete born in the remote village of Kapsewui in Kapchorwa district did well to put Uganda on the medals table on day four of the widely watched competition.
He beat Mohammed Ahmed of Canada (13:52.78) and Kenya’s Edward Pingua Zakayo (13:54.06), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Cheptegei, who is no stranger to heroism on the global stage, started off at the back on the Carrara Stadium track, clearly uninterested in the front pack pace.
But, running alongside fellow countrymen Thomas Ayeko and Phillip Kipyeko, Cheptegei kept the leaders on the corner of his eye.
He did not want to give away too much, and only started to build momentum with about four of the 12-and-a-half laps to go.
In his tweet, president Museveni Congratulated Joshua Cheptegei for winning Gold in the Men’s 5,000m at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia. He died that that the country ii proud of him!