- 21-year-old athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei confesed how he was so happy to represent for Uganda again
- He won Gold in the men’s 5000 metres final in the 2018’s edition of the ongoing Common Wealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday Morning the 8th of April
- This was Uganda’s first medal in these games
- Joshua said thanked his fans, friends and family for their support
The name Joshua Cheptegei is still on many Ugandans’ lips after the long-distance runner made himself and the country at large proud by finishing first in the men’s 5000 metres final, scooping a gold medal and also Uganda’s first medal in this year’s edition of the ongoing Common Wealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday Morning the 8th of April
If at all you watched, you will testify that the 21 year old beat his contenders to the gold medal with a wide range and in the same race, the Pearl of Africa was represented by two other runners Ayeko and Kipyeko who finished fourth and sixth respectively.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni joined the social media users to laud the athlete who crossed the finish line in a time of 13 minutes 50 seconds and 83 microseconds. After being handed his medal, Joshua too to his Facebook Page where he posted saying thank you to everybody who helped him on this journey.
“Super excited and grateful for my victory today at #GC2018!Happy to represent my country again. Thanks to my colleagues and training mates for helping to get me in shape. My fans, friends and family for your support!” Read Cheptegei’s post
This victory came in 8 months later after Cheptegei won silver in the 10,000 metres at the IAAF World Championships that happened in London in 2017. He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth as well as taking part in the the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eight and sixth respectively.
Born Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, the athlete was born in a remote village of Kapsewui in Kapchorwa district on 12 September 1996.
He is on a serious rise to fame especially after that he won Gold and we hope this has opened more doors and encouraged him to even work harder for bigger competitions like Olympics.
Congratulations to Joshua Cheptegei for winning gold in the Men's 5,000m finals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia. Uganda is proud of you.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) April 8, 2018
Tewali yali amanyi indeed. Thanks Brian Congratulations Joshua Cheptegei !!!!
— GNL Zamba (@therealGnlzamba) April 9, 2018
Congrats to Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei on his gold-medal winning time in the 5k @GC2018.Due to my age, work commitments & lack of talent, he would have lapped me & then some. 😂#wouldbe #sharethedream pic.twitter.com/d00UOTDhX1
— Dr Anthony Lynham (@DrAnthonyLynham) April 9, 2018