Silver medalist in 2017, champion in 2019.
Joshua Cheptegei on Sunday evening won gold posting 26:48.36 to become Uganda’s first Men’s 10,000m champion.
Around the bend, Cheptegei left Kejelcha for dust, bagging the gold medal! Yomif Kejelcha won silver and Rhonex Kipruto took the bronze.
Joshua. Joshua. Happiness fills my heart. What an achievement. That’s class. Thank you for doing this yet again for Uganda, your family, definitely yourself and @PoliceUg. God bless you🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/HZ2egSrnqx
— Asan Kasingye (@AKasingye) October 6, 2019
Since making the top 10 places over the long-distance double at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Cheptegei’s target was: “Try get the 5000m and 10000m titles in Doha 2019 and then do the same again, God willing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he remarked in a recent interview.
The moral in @joshuacheptege1 winning 10,000M in Doha is that it pays to invest in sports. Gratitude to @StateHouseUg under @KagutaMuseveni for funding Ugandan athletes. @UgandaMFA , @UGHighComNIG, @newvisionwire, @DailyMonitor, @UGIndependent, @observerug. pic.twitter.com/p95Wr4eG3I
— Nelson Ocheger (@NelsonOcheger) October 6, 2019
Congratulations to @joshuacheptege1 for winning Gold in the men's 10,000m final at the #IAAFDoha2019 championships. Once again, you have hoisted the Uganda flag high. We are proud of you! pic.twitter.com/W7qxZPoOxO
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) October 6, 2019