It was yet another masterclass for Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei as he retained the men’s 10,000m gold medal in Oregon on Sunday.
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei yet again delivered a masterclass as he retained the men’s world 10,000m gold medal in Oregon, on Sunday.
Joshua Cheptegei, also the world record holder, led for large periods of the race and held off all challengers on the final lap at Eugene’s Hayward Field to registering a winning time of 27min 27.43sec.
Kenya’s Stanley Waithaka Mburu claimed silver in 27:27.90, with another Ugandan, Jacob Kiplimo, taking bronze (27:27.97) in an unusually close finish.
Speaking to journalists shortly after his maiden victory, Cheptegei said despite a few challenges including the weather, he managed to maintain to win the race.
“I did not aim to run really fast because of the heat, the sun was very strong.The conditions were kind of challenging. You just have to enjoy the race and see how it is going. Then it was going good,” Cheptegei said.
“I knew that if I get into the last fight, I can control it and I could speed it up. I was able to get stronger and keep it faster and faster,” he added.
Meanwhile, many Ugandans including the country’s First Lady who also doubles as Sports and Education minister have come out to extend their congratulations to Cheptegei on his victory.
In a tweet, the first lady said “Glory to God!! Our boys have done it again!! Hearty Congratulations Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo & Stephen Kissa, upon winning in #Oregon2022 as a team. We are immensely proud of you!”
In addition, she also congratulated Kenyan athlete Mburu who came second. She said it is a sign that God has blessed the East African Community.
President Yoweri Museveni also congratulated Joshua Cheptegei for maintaining the Ugandan flag high.
“Kongoi koromun werik’yu @joshuacheptege1 ako Jacob Kiplimo. You have made your country proud again. To the other Ugandan in the race, Stephen Kissa, thank you for the teamwork, we have all won. I congratulate you all,” Museveni tweeted.
The State Minister for Sports, Denis Hamson Obua also tweeted; “To @joshuacheptege1 , @jacobkiplimo2 and Stephen Kissa. GOLD and BRONZE at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon!!! Our gallant athletes flew the UGANDA 🇺🇬🇺🇬 flag high 💪🏾💪🏾 .”