Two years ago, Joshua Cheptegei became a laughing stock in his own country after collapsing in the final lap and failing to win a race he had controlled, the star has paid back with Gold in Aahrus, Denmark.
Uganda’s biggest hopes were on the on form duo of Joshua Cheptegei and teenage youngster Jacob Kiplimo and they didn’t disappoint.
Cheptegei and his compatriot atoned to the miss at home with a 1-2 finish to win gold and silver as they revenged on two-time winner Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor from Kenya.
The two escorted each other through the over 10, 000M course but Cheptegei raced through to claim the gold by 25 minutes in 31 minutes and 40 seconds.
Kiplimo and the dethroned champion, Kamworor, came second after finishing four and 15 seconds later.
Uganda’s revenge on Kenya did not just end at that: Thomas Ayeko finished seventh and Joseph Ayeko tenth as Team Uganda brought home the first ever team gold.
Earlier on, another Ugandan Oscar Chelimo clocked 23:55 to settle for bronze in the junior men’s 8KM race.
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