Uganda’s long distance star runner, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has on Sunday morning won the 5000m gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei celebrates after winning the athletic’s men’s 5000m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 8, 2018 AFP

Despite a slow start, Cheptegei’s powerful kick in the last five of 12.5 laps’ race shocked many who had written him off.

He thus crossed the finish line in a time of 13:50.83 for his first gold at senior level. This was also Uganda’s first gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed finished with 13:52.78 to take second place and the silver medal.

Meanwhile, Kenyan teenager Edward Zakayo got bronze with a time of 13:54.06.

Another Ugandan, Thomas Ayeko finished fourth in 13:54.78 and Phillip Kipyeko took 6th place.

Joshua Cheptegei won silver at the 2017 World Championships.

During the past 6 months, he has run the  world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, Netherlands.


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