July 24, 2024

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei wins Olympic gold in men’s 5000m race

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Ugandan Athlete Joshua Cheptegei has claimed his long-awaited Olympic gold medal after winning the men’s race in 5000m on Friday, August, 6, in Tokyo Japan.

Chepetgei was in the leading pack for most of the race and won in 12 minutes, 58.15 seconds.

Mohammed Ahmed of Canada surged into second place to get the silver medal in 12:58.61 and Paul Chelimo of the United States picked up bronze in 12:59.05.

Chelimo was a silver medalist in the 5,000 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He dived across the line to edge Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli of Kenya.

Another Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who won bronze in last week’s 10000m race finished 5th in today’s 5000m race while youngster Isaac Chelimo, Kiplimo’s young brother finished last in what his first elite men’s race at his Olympic debut.

Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda celebrates leads the race on Friday afternoon

Cheptegei came into the race as one of the favorites to take the gold after setting the world record for the 5,000m in Monaco last year.

Cheptegei came out of the blocks quickly but the race pace was sporadic for the opening rounds, with the slower laps keeping Team GB’s Butchart in contention.

But a leading group of 10 runners, with Cheptegei at the front, broke away with three laps to go leaving the Briton behind as the leader of the second group.

Cheptegei then sped away as the bell rang and was relatively untroubled when he crossed the line with a time of 12:58.15, around 23 seconds behind his own world record time.


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