Joshua Cheptegei Credit: Zimbio
[/media-credit] Joshua Cheptegei Credit: Zimbio

Ugandan long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has completed a double at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium track.

Cheptegei crashed the games record to claim the 10000m Gold in 27:19.62. He bettered Wilberforce Talel’s record set in Manchester in 2002 by 27.77 seconds.

Cheptegei becomes the third man in history to win the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the Commonwealth Games. The last person to achieve that feat was fellow countryman Moses Kipsiro at the Delhi Games in 2010.

Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed posted 27:20.56 – finishing second to win Silver while Kenya’s Rogers Kwemoi made third in 27:28.66 – a season best to take Bronze.

Meanwhile, Jacob Kiplimo – the other Ugandan in the race – finished fourth with a season best of 27:30.25 and Timothy Toroitich finished seventh in 27:47.35.

With Gold in the 10000m, Uganda’s medal tally is up to five, with three Gold. Boxer Juma Miiro (Bronze), Stella Chesang (Gold) and Mercyline Chelangat (bronze) are the other medal winners.

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

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