Cheptegei wins gold, becomes Uganda’s first Men’s 10,000m champion

DOHA. Joshua Cheptegei matched his favourite-tag by beating a 21-man field to win the men’s 10000m final as the IAAF World Athletics Championships came to a close at the Khalifa International Stadium here in the Qatari capital on Sunday night.

Cheptegei grew his status further by delivering the gold in a time of 26 minutes and 48.36 seconds as Ugandans fans cheered on the opposite end of the finish-line.

Credit will also go to his counterpart Abdallah Mande who gave Cheptegei the fine start over the first 3000m but he finished 17th in 28:31.49.

With the stadium’s attention split over the men’s javelin throw final and the women’s long jump final, Cheptegei gathered their attention when the front eight-man pack entered the final three laps.

He took the lead and never looked back at that stage, holding off the lanky Ethiopian foe Yomif Kejelcha in the final stretch. It is his fourth medal in a space of 17 months. 

Cheptegei added to the 5000m and 10000m titles won at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia in April last year.

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Written by Chiamaka Ekeh

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