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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei is 10,000 Meters Champion

Ugandans have taken to social media platforms to congratulate athlete Joshua Cheptegei has Sunday night for winning gold in the hugely competitive 10,000 metres race at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Cheptegei added the World Athletic Championship 10,000m title in 26:48.36 to his 2019 season accolades.

He is the fourth Uganda to scoop gold at a World Athletic Championship after Stephen Kiprotich, Dorcus Inzikuru and recently Halimah Nakaayi in the 800m race in Doha.

Cheptegei now walks home with a staggering tax-free $60,000 as the grand prize.

“Congratulations to @joshuacheptege1 for winning Gold in the men’s 10,000m final at the #IAAFDoha2019 championships,” tweeted President Museveni.

“Once again, you have hoisted the Uganda flag high. We are proud of you!” he added.

Cheptegei struck 10,000m gold at the 2014 IAAF World U20 Championships in Eugene and finished sixth and eighth in the 10,000m and 5000m respectively at the 2016 Olympics, but he first made a significant mark on the senior scene in 2017.

Memorably, in front of his passionate home fans in Kampala, the Ugandan raced into a sizeable lead at the World Cross Country Championships in 2017 only to misjudge his effort and fade dramatically over the final two kilometres, eventually finishing 30th.

Refusing to be broken, he returned to his training base determined to avoid such a fate in future.

Five months later, he rebounded from the disappointment to earn 10,000m silver behind Mo Farah at the World Championships in a personal best of 26:49.94.

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