July 24, 2024

Chemutai becomes first Ugandan woman to win gold in Olympic sport

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Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai outstripped the field to win the women’s Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Ugandan timed 9min 01.45sec at the Olympic Stadium, outsprinting American Courtney Frerichs with 250 metres to go to win comfortably.

Frerichs claimed silver in 9:04.79 with Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng taking bronze (9:05.39).

“After my fifth place at the world championships in Doha, I knew a medal would be possible if I run a good race,” said Chemutai.

Chemutai’s victory came just minutes after her Ugandan counterpart Winnie Nanyondo qualified for 1500m women’s finals in the olympics when she finished in the fourth position.

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