Joshua Cheptegei being helped at the finish line after he ran out of steam Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Joshua Cheptegei setting the pace during the IAAF World Cross Country Championship senior race Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Given his recent form, Joshua Cheptegei was without doubt Uganda’s hopeful for an individual medal heading into the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

He set a blistering pace to destroy the field but lost his lead with just under a kilometer to go when he horribly slowed down and walked to the finish line as Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor retained his title.

Cheptegei, who sent the thousands of Ugandans at Kololo into frenzy when he charged in the final, finished a distant 30th and Twitter was unforgiving.

[/media-credit] Leonard Kiplimo Barsoton, Joshua Cheptegei, Aron Kifle in the leading pack Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
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However, Cheptegei’s perseverance to finish the race eventually paid off as Uganda took team bronze by 3 points.

[/media-credit] Uganda’s senior men team on the podium after recieving their bronze medals Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Some people recognized his effort including Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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