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By Joseph Kizza

 

Added 8th April 2018

 

Joshua Cheptegei executes a tactical race in the men's 5000m final to win gold and Uganda's first medal at this edition in Gold Coast, Australia.



GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

DAY FOUR

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.

Cheptegei eventually took the lead after keeping at the back of the pack for much of the race. (AFP)


Ahmed looked determined to present the Ugandan with some stiff challenge. And he did. But with the final bell going, signalling the final lap, Cheptegei had put on his afterburners.

His Canadian challenger was hot on his heels, but Cheptegei was not to be beaten, racing fiercely and coolly past the finish line to claim yet another gold under keen global watch.

Uganda's other interest in the race Ayeko and Kipyeko finished fourth (13:54.78) and sixth (13:59.59), respectively.

It is eight months since Cheptegei won silver at the IAAF World Championships in London.

In 2014, he stamped his authority on the global scene, winning gold at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA and also gold at the World University Cross Country Champhionships.

The Ugandan trio of Ayeko, Cheptegei and Kipyeko. (AFP)

 

 

 

 

 

By Vision Reporter

 

Added 23rd July 2014

 

Joshua Cheptegei has won Uganda their fourth gold medal at the World Junior championships that started Tuesday in Eugene, America

 

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By Norman Katende

 

IAAF World Junior Championships

10000m results

1 Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 28:32.86
2 Elvis Cheboi (KEN) 28:35.20
3 Nicholas Kosimbei (KEN) 28:38.68
4 Aferweki Berhane (ERI) 28:45.83
5 Abdallah Mande (UGA) 28:53.77


Joshua Cheptegei has won gold for Uganda at the World Junior championships that started Tuesday in Eugene, America.

The Police runner clocked 28 minutes 32.86 seconds to beat two chasing Kenyans and an Eritrean to win the 10000m event of the World junior meet section after an exciting but slow pace in the wee hours of the morning.

He is the second Ugandan to win a gold emdal over the distance after Boniface Kiprop’s 10000m win in Grosetto, Italy in 2004. Dorcus Inzikuru (2000) and Julius Acon (1994) is the other Ugandan gold medallist.

Favourite before the race because of posting the fastest time this season in the junior category, the Bugema Universality student was cautious from the start, preferring to run behind the Kenyans with the support of his country mate Abdallah Mande.

When early leaders Keisuke Nakatani and Hazuma Hattori from Japan took the lead, he stayed put until Kenya’s Elvis Cheboi decided to take the lead after a slow race, which posted 14 minutes 32 seconds at the half way mark.

Chemboi increased the pace and took the lead after 7000m, when he led another Kenyan Nicholas Kosimbei, Eritrea’s Aferweki Berhane and Mande in pursuit for the top slots.

Though Chemboi was ahead after the bell, Cheptegei stepped up the pace and with 350m to go, he had over taken Chemboi and raced solely to the finishing line.

“Starting slow and finishing fast is how I usually run. I didn't give up. I knew things would change during the race,” Cheptegei said on his first international medal. 

“It was a good and mature race for him. He is a disciplined police officer and you could see his planning. The technical committee will now meet and see whether he will be able to double,” said Uganda Athletics Federation general secretary Beatrice Ayikoru.

Uganda is represented by four athletes at the biennial event with Stella Chesang and Philip Kipyeko due to run in the women and men 5000m respectively.

Cheptegei or Mande is expected to beef up Kipyeko’s bid for Uganda’s second medal.

 

 

 

 

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