Joshua Cheptegei wins third successive gold in 10,000m race

Joshua Cheptegei wins third successive gold in 10,000m race
Uganda's gold medallist Joshua Cheptegei celebrates with his medal while draped in a national flag after the men's 10,000m final during the World Athletics Championships at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest on August 20, 2023. COURTESY PHOTO/ Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Budapest, Hungary | URN | Ugandan long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has won a gold medal in the 10,000m race at the 2023 World Athletics Championships currently taking place in Budapest, Hungary.

The reigning 10,000m and 5,000m World Record (WR) holder, completed the race in 27:51.42 ahead of Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo who crossed the finishing line in 27:52.60 while Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega came third at 27:52.72.

Rogers Kibet, another talented Ugandan athlete secured the 20th position with a time of 28:1.16. Cheptegei attributed his victory to prior and proper preparations for the championships.

“I attribute this incredible performance to good training sessions set by my coaches, and this first victory has given me a positive mindset and strength for the remaining 5,000m race which I believe is as well competitive,” he said. 

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“We are overwhelmed with joy for what Joshua has done for team Uganda today, and we believe more medals from other athletes are a possibility,” said Beatrice Ayikoru, an official from the Uganda Athletics Federation.

Team Uganda next scheduled races

Tuesday, August 22

Tom Dradriga – 800m Men Heats (EAT 20:20)
Winnie Nanyondo – 1500m Women Finals (EAT 22:30)  
Leonard Chemutai – 3000m steeplechase Men Final (EAT 22:42) 

Wednesday, August 23

Halima Nakaayi – 800m Women Heats (EAT 11:05) 
Sarah Chelangat and Prisca C Chesang – 5000m Women Heats (EAT 12:10)
Tarsis G Orogot – 200m Men Heats (EAT 13:50) 
Peruth Chemutai – 3000m Sc Women Heats (EAT 20:45)
Abu S Mayanja – 1500m Men Final (EAT 22:15)