Museveni, IGP Applaud Cheptegei on Winning Gold at World Athletics Championships

Joshua Cheptegei

President Yoweri Museveni has hailed Commonwealth double gold medalist and World Cross Country champion, Joshua Cheptegei for winning gold in the men’s 10,000m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Qatar on Sunday evening.

In a tweet, the Head of State heaped praise on the Police officer and long distance runner for raising the country’s flag.

The athlete posted 26:48:36, a world lead time, beating Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha and Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto.

“Congratulations to Joshua Cheptegei for winning Gold in the men’s 10,000m final at the IAAF Doha 2019 championships. Once again, you have hoisted the Uganda flag high. We are proud of you,” read the President’s tweet.

In April 2018, Cheptegei was promoted from the rank of Special Police Constables (SPC) to Inspector of Police (IP) after he won double gold in 10,000m and 5,000m in the Commonwealth games.

He would a year later in April this year set a world record for the 15km road race when he became the World Cross Country champion.

Commenting about his Sunday win in his message delivered to the press by the police spokesperson, the Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochora, described it as a “stunning” performance and pledged to continue giving support to all Police sports departments.

“This is a very proud moment for the entire country and the IGP has pledged to continue to support IP Cheptegei and other departments in the police sports department including football, boxing, taekwondo, basketball,” said Enanga.

“We know very well that sports plays a key in shaping our image and building our policing initiatives and so, this is a very big achievement and we are very proud of him,” he added.

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