Joshua Cheptegei continues to raise and etch his name into the books of history not only locally but on the international scene as well.
The 21 year old long distance run scooped his second gold medal and Uganda’s third at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,Australia.
Cheptegei capped a fantastic display on Friday afternoon at Carraca stadium coming fastest in the finals of 10,000m and set up a new record.
The runner crossed the finish line at 27:19.62 ahead of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed who posted 27:20.56 to win Silver whereas Kenya’s Rogers Kwemoi made third in 27:28.66 – a season best.
At 27:19:62, this means Cheptegei set a new Commonwealth Games breaking Wilberforce Talel’s record set in Manchester in 2002 of 27.77.
Besides, Cheptegei become only the third athlete in the Games history to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals at the same championship.
The last person who had achieved the fete was Moses Kipsiro also Ugandan in New Delhi, India in 2010.
The other Ugandans that competed in the race included Jacob Kiplimo and Timothy Toroitich who finished fourth and seventh respectively.
Uganda has so far won five medals with three gold and two bronze. These include; Joshua Cheptegei (2 Gold medals), Stella Chesang(Gold), Mercyline Chelangat(Bronze) and Juma Miiro (boxer got a bronze).