Ugandan Commonwealth double gold medalist and World Cross-country champion, Joshua Cheptegei has Sunday won gold in the men’s 10,000m final of the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Cheptegei won with a World lead time of 26:48.36 to bag USD 67,000 at the games held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
He beat his strongest rival, Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha who only managed 26:49.3 to become second with Kenya’s Kipruto coming in third position.
Since making the top 10 places over the long-distance double at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Cheptegei said in one of the interviews that his target was to try and win the 5,000m and 10,000m titles in Doha 2019 and then do the same again, God willing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
However, Cheptegei was stunned when he capitulated in bizarre mode to lose the lead and finish 30th at the World Cross-country Championships in front of President Museveni in Kololo on March 26, 2017.
His win tonight is a dream come true for him and a boost to his aspirations of championing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This is Uganda’s second gold medal after Halimah Nakaayi on September 30 won the women’s 800m race to become the only second woman after Dorcus Inzikuru to emerge champion at the biennial event.