World record holder Joshua Cheptegei wins gold in men’s 5,000m-race at Tokyo Olympics

Joshua Cheptegei ran a fast race to win 5000m Olympic gold. Image credit: Getty Images

Ugandan long distance runner, Joshua Cheptegei, clinched the title of men’s 5,000m race today Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Cheptegei who had failed in his bid to win gold in the 10,000m, settling for silver, crossed the line in 12:58.15.

Canada’s Ahmed Muhamed and Paul Chelimo of the USA finished second and third with 12:58:61 and 12:59:05 respectively.

Cheptegei’s compatriots, Jacob Kiplimo and Oscar Chelimo were 5th and 6th respectively.

This is Uganda’s second gold medal at the Tokyo games with Peruth Chemutai also won gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase earlier this week.

Uganda has now won four medals at this year’s games with Cheptegei and Kiplimo winning silver and bronze in the men’s 10,000m last week.

The total tally of medals for Uganda at the Olympics now stands at 11.

John Akii Bua and Stephen Kiprotich also won gold in 1972 and 2021 respectively.


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