Ugandans were on Friday evening captivated with excitement after their very own long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei won the 5000m marathon in Monaco, breaking a 16 year record set by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in 2004.
Cheptegei posted a timing of 12:35.36 to set a new world record surpassing a long standing record of 12:37.35 set by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in 2004.
Amongst Ugandans who took to Twitter and other social media platforms to congratulate Cheptegei include President Yoweri Museveni, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng.
“Congratulations to Joshua Cheptegei who has set a new 5000m world record at Monaco Diamond League. You have brought honour, pride and joy to your country. Well done,” Museveni twitted.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said that Cheptegei’s warning of a possible world record came to pass.
“Congratulations Joshua Cheptegei on breaking the 5000m world record in Monaco. This is a historical moment. Your warning of a possible world record tonight has come to pass. We are very proud of this achievement,” twitted Kadaga.
In the same manner, the Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng could hold her excitement as she applauded Cheptegei for continuously raising the Ugandan flag high.
“Congratulations to our very own Joshua Cheptegei for setting a new world record of 5000m. What an achievement! You make us as Ugandans extremely proud. Keep flying the Ugandan flag high. God bless,” said Aceng.