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.
I congratulate Joshua Cheptegei for winning a silver medal in the 10,000m race at the IAAF World Championships pic.twitter.com/n5Ct89ksJU
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) August 5, 2017
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.
Cingratulations Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei!! Uganda is proud of you. God bless you. We go Uganda! pic.twitter.com/uhCFxLBfVs
— Janet K Museveni (@JanetMuseveni) August 5, 2017
Farah set another record time of 26:49.51 to win gold at the summer event attended by tens of thousands.
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) August 5, 2017
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.
— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) August 4, 2017
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.
Cheptegei brings home Silver at #London2017 🇺🇬 Congratulations
— Africell Uganda (@africellUG) August 5, 2017
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.
— KampalaCityFestival (@KlaCityFestival) August 5, 2017
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.
— Tourism Uganda (@Tourismuganda) August 4, 2017
Mercyline Chelangat will race in the women’s 10,000m final.