By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus – Last night, Sunday, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei upheld his 10,000m title when he raced to victory on day three of the ongoing 2022 World Athletics Championships taking place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Cheptegei made a record by winning back-to-back gold medals in the 10000m marathons in 27.27.43 as the time taken this year.
He now joins the exclusive league of Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele & Mo Farah - the only humans to have won back-to-back world 10,000m championships.
Other Ugandans at the Event
Jacob Kiplimo, who also ran in the 10000m with Cheptegei last night, took third place, winning a bronze medal for Uganda in the same category.
Additionally, Uganda was also represented by Jackson Kiprop, Filex Malewa Chemongesi and Fred Musobo, who finished 33rd, 34th and 40th, respectively, in an earlier race on Sunday.
In the women's categories, Winnie Nantongo represented on Saturday but would, unfortunately, be pushed by another runner, Gaia Sabbatini, and she fell. Gaia was disqualified for this incident later after the race.
Fortunately, Winnie appeared on the list going through to the final 1500m race on Tuesday at 5:50 am Ugandan time.
Similarly, in the 3000m women's steeplechase heats, Uganda's Peruth Chemutai made it through to the finals after coming fifth in heat two. Her next race will be on Thursday at 5:45 am Ugandan time.
Other Ugandan athletes present are Stella Chesang and Mercyline Chelangat. The two participated in the women's 10000m finals and Ronald Musagala, who represented Uganda in the men's 1500m on Saturday.