Cheptegei wins silver in London, raises Uganda flag

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Joshua Cheptegei

Twitter is abuzz with ‘Joshua Cheptegei wins Silver in the 10,000m men’s race at the IAAF World Championships 2017 taking place in London’ since Friday night.

The Ugandan long-distance runner clinched a silver medal with a personal best 26:49.94 minutes just behind Sir Mo Farah of Great Britain at the biggest global sporting event of 2017.

Cheptegei also earned himself a $30,000 (Shs108m) prize.

Farah set another record time of 26:49.51 to win gold at the summer event attended by tens of thousands.

Cheptegei too ran “the race of his life” to make up for the disappointing performance at the World Cross-Country Championships back in March in Kampala.

“I dedicate a prestigious World 10000m Silver Medal to His Excellency president @KagutaMuseveni for #Medical support after #Kololo tragedy,” he tweeted.

Cheptegei, who finished sixth in Rio in the same event last year, was followed by Kenya’s Paul Tanui who secured bronze with a time of 26:50.60.

Cheptegei competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.

He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eight and sixth, respectively.

Uganda’s other representatives in that 10,000m event were Timothy Toroitich and Moses Kurong, who finished 14th (27:21.09 – personal best) and 18th (27:50.71) respectively.

Uganda’s Esther Chebet did not make it through to Saturday’s semi-final in the women’s 1,500m.

Abu Salim Mayanja win run in Heat 5 of the men’s 800m today.

Mercyline Chelangat will race in the women’s 10,000m final.

Uganda, Britain, Kenya made the day

  

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