Joshua Cheptegei Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei has been verified on social media following his extra ordinary performance at the London 2017 World Athletics Championships a couple of days back.

Joshua Cheptegei

Cheptegei claimed second spot in the 10,000m behind Britain’s Mo Farah who notched top place posting 26:49.51. The Ugandan posted a personal best of 26:49.94.

The race brought back memories of a tragedy that befell the star at the  IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala where with a 12-second advantage over Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, he lost the title after succumbing to fatigue.

Moments after the London show, he tweeted, dedicating the award to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, thanking him for the medical support he offered on the fateful day.

The runner has since been verified on the platform, with over 1000 followers.

What does verification mean?

Verification on Twitter and Facebook means getting a blue badge on an account of public interest to magnify its authenticity.

The badge appears next to the name on an account’s profile and next to the account name in search results.

Cheptegei joins several Uganda athletes who have also been verified; World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich (@Stephen42k), Farouk Miya (@FaroukMiya), Emmanuel Okwi (@EmmanuelOkwi ) and so many others.

Did you know: Cheptegei also 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.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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