Uganda’s long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has won an Olympics gold medal in the 5000m.
He clocked 12:58.15 to fend off resistance from Mohamed Ahmed of Canada (12:58.61) and Paul Chelimo (USA) who came third with a time of 12:59.05
Jacob Kiplimo came fifth and missed out on a medal while Uganda’s other runner Oscar Chelimo came last.
Cheptegei led from start but relinquished his place to drop to fifth going into the third lap. He remained in character and moved into fourth with two laps to go.
The multi world record holder regained his top position at the bell and started to break away. He was chased by Nicholas Kimeli, Chelimo and Ahmed at the home stretch but the Ugandan went into his gears to come home glorious.
Cheptegei’s gold takes Uganda’s medal tally to four at the ongoing games, and 11th overall.
Cheptegei Enters List Of ‘Best of All Time’
Cheptegei set a world 5km record on the road in Monaco, broke the 16-year-old 5000m World Record (12:37.35) before smashing a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 meters.
He had won the 10,000m gold at the 2019 Doha Word Championships and the only accolade missing was an Olympics title.
He, alongside Kiplimo, was beaten by Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega in his much fancied 10,000m in the Olympics final last week.
With the Olympics title now in the bag, Cheptegei has laid claim to being the Greatest Long distance runner of all time.
This list of greatness includes Haile Gebrselassie, Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah.
Gebrselassie’s records include two Olympics 10,000m Gold, four straight Berlin Marathon wins and as many World Championship titles.
Kipchoge has won the marathon record of 2:01:39 which he set three years ago in Berlin and is the only man in history to run a sub-two hour marathon.
Farah won both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters titles asuRio and London Olympic Games while Bekele has three-time Olympic gold medals to his name among other accolades.
Uganda’s Olympics Medal Winners
- Eridad Mukwanga – Silver in Boxing (1968 Mexico City)
- Leo Rwabogo – Bronze in Boxing (1968 Mexico City)
- John Akii-bua – Gold in Men’s 400m Hurdles – 1972 Munich
- Leo Rwabogo – Silver in Boxing (1972 Munich)
- John Mugabi – Silver in Boxing (1980 Moscow)
- Davis Kamoga – Bronze in 400m (1996 Atlanta)
- Stephen Kiprotich – Gold in Marathon (2012 London)
- Joshua Cheptegei – Silver in 10,000m (2020 Tokyo
- Jacob Kiplimo – Bronze in 10,000m (2020 Tokyo Olympics)
- Peruth Chemutai – Gold in 3000m Steeplechase (2020 Tokyo).
- Joshua Cheptegei – Gold in 5000m (2020 Tokyo)