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Cheptegei Wins 10,000m Gold In World Athletics Championship :: Uganda Radionetwork

Cheptegei Wins 10,000m Gold In World Athletics Championship

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The reigning 10,000 and 5,000 meter World Record holder, completed the race in 27:51.42 ahead of Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo who crossed the finishing line in 27:52.60 micro seconds while Selemon Barega came third in 27:52.72.
Cheptegei wins gold in Hangary. IAAF photo
Uganda's long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has won gold in the 10,000 meter race at the 2023 World Athletics Championship now taking place in Budapest, Hungary.

The reigning 10,000 and 5,000 meter World record holder, completed the race on Sunday in a time 27:51.42.

Kenya’s Daniel Simiu Ebenyo crossed the finishing line in second place with a time of 27:52.60, while Selemon Barega from Ethiopia was third recording a time of  27:52.72.

Rogers Kibet, another talented Ugandan athlete secured 20th position with a time of 28:1.16, while Joel Ayeko dropped out the race after 4.5 kilometers.

Cheptegei attributed his victory to prior and proper preparations for the 2023 World athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

"I attribute this incredible performance to a good training sessions set by my coaches, and this first victory has given me a positive mindset and strength for the remaining 5, 000 meter race which I believe is as well competitive." 

Beatrice Ayikoru, the general secretary of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) says Cheptegei's performance was incredible. "We are overwhelmed with Joy for what Joshua has done for team Uganda today, and we believe more medals from other athletes are a possibility," said Ayikoru. 

Cheptegei became only the fourth athlete in the world to win a third consecutive gold medal in a World Championship.

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