COMMON WEALTH GAMES: Joshua Cheptegei Wins Uganda Gold
Good news for Uganda: Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has won gold in the 5000m, the first gold for Uganda in the ongong Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Cheptegei, who won silver at the World Championships in London last year, crossed the line in a time of 13:50.83He was miles adrift of the rest of the field and as the crowd clock that he is still trudging round, they afford him a standing ovation on his final circuit.
Cheptegei celebrates after winning the athletic’s men’s 5000m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 8, 2018. AFP PHOTO
He eventually crossed two minutes and eighteen seconds after the winner.
Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed challenged Cheptegei in the final lap but could only hold on for silver, in 13:52.78. Kenyan teenager Edward Zakayo got bronze in 13:54.06 with Uganda’s Thomas Ayeko coming fourth in 13:54.78. Phillip Kipyeko finished 6th
Cheptegei has been in formidable form since winning 10,000m silver at the World Championships last year. In the past 6 months, he has run the world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November and dominated all the cross-country races he participated in this year.