Cheptegei wins Uganda’s second gold medal in Doha

Joshua Cheptegei wins Uganda’s second gold medal in Doha
Joshua Cheptegei celebrates winning gold in Doha

Doha, Qatar | URN | Star runner Joshua Cheptegei has won Uganda’s second gold medal and $67,000 at the IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar.

The 10,000m final saw Uganda’s Mande Abdalla start from the front in the early laps ‎at the Khalifa International Stadium before Cheptegei raced to win the race on Sunday night.

Joshua Cheptegei put up a good show battling against Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in the last lap in a time of 26:48.36. He set the world-leading (WL) time in the season.

Kejelcha set a personal best time of 26:49.34, while Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto won a bronze medal after coming third in a time of 26:50.32.

Last month Joshua Cheptegei also set a personal best time when he won the men’s 5,000m during the IAAF Diamond League in Switzerland. Cheptegei is also the reigning World Cross Country champion.

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Last Monday Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi won a gold medal in women’s 800m final at the same championship in Doha. Nakaayi posted 1:58.04 breaking the national record.

The 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich finished 18th in the marathon on Saturday. Uganda has now won two medals at the championship. Twenty-two athletes represented Uganda at the event that ended yesterday.