Uganda’s new World 5000m record holder Joshua Cheptegei is still in celebratory mood after arriving in the country from a very successful mission in Monaco. Unfortunately this time, the usual merry-making and parte after parte kind of celebrations were not possible due to regulations imposed to curb the spread of Covd-19
Even the journey back home was not a straight forward affair as the champion and his compatriots had to move via Kenya and then driven in the country via Malaba boarder point.
Cheptegei arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi in Kenya aboard Turkish Airlines flight at around 3am on Sunday 16th August 2020, during the wee hours a day after breaking a 16 year-old record which was previously held by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele at the Wanda Diamond League in Monaco.
In the race, Cheptegei clocked 12:35:36 at the Stade Louis II in the Fontvieille district of Monaco, smashing the standing 12:37.35 in a bravura solo performance.
On his return home on Sunday he was accompanied by fellow athletes Stephen Kissa who did a good job as the pac-setter, Halima Nakaayi and Winnie Nanyondo who also participated in the Diamond League.
They were received by the Uganda High Commission officials Jeremiah Guma (Foreign Service Officer) and Evelyn Namatende (Administrative Attaché) who were all excited to receive the quartet.
They did not waste too much time at the airport and were immediately escorted to the Malaba Border by the Uganda High Commission officials and the Kenyan Diplomatic Police Escorts.
The team arrived at the Malaba border at around 11:00am where they were handed over to the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports Officials.
Yesterday after finally settling down, Chiptegei sent an appreciation message to the nation as he thanked the different people who this massive achievement possible;
“I’m still buzzing from last Friday. It was such an incredible night in Monaco!
Special thanks to the organisers Herculis – Diamond League for having me. The historic 5000m World Record from a great legend Kenenisa Bekele is broken. I am forever honoured to say that he forever remains my role model and idol. Respect to you champ Kenenisa Bekele.
Special appreciations to my pacers Matthew Ramsden, Roy Hoornweg and Stephen Kissa for the wonderful job they did. Sincere appreciation to my family, coach Addy Ruiter, manager Jurrie van de Velden, the whole Global Sports Communication team and all my NN Running Team training partners for the great team work.
Lastly, to the government of Uganda for accepting to support with our travel out of the country, such a great leadership from the president Mr. Yoweri Museveni. Viva Uganda, Viva Africa!
To my fans, I couldn’t offer you anything short of this stellar performance.
Much love to you all over the world
Let’s stay safe
Better days ahead”
I'm still buzzing from last Friday. It was such an incredible night in Monaco!Special thanks to the organisers…