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Star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has said his good performance at the just concluded 2017 IAAF World Championship is big motivation for him to work even harder in the future.
Cheptegei celebrates after winning a silver medal in London.

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Uganda's star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has said his good performance at the just concluded 2017 IAAF World Championship in London is big motivation for him to work even harder and better in the future.

Cheptegei settled for a silver medal behind world champion Mohamad Farah of England. He set a personal best time of 26:49.94, while Farah set a time of 26:49.51. The young athlete however did not take part in the 5,000m race because of injury.

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Speaking to URN at the National Council of Sports (NCS) headquarters on Tuesday night, the young athlete said he is happy to win a medal in a very competitive 10,000m race.

He also made it clear that although he almost changed nationality last year in exchange of over UGX1 billion payment per year, but because he loves his country so much, he will never change allegiance. He added that it always feels good running for your country,” he added.

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Cheptegei said he will continue to run for Uganda and his dream remains to become a world champion. “It is always a good feeling representing the country. My passion is to make Ugandans proud by lifting the flag high,” he added.

According to records over 300 sports athletes have officially switched nationality to compete for countries like Qatar, Bahrain, USA, Canada, Turkey and France among other.

Dominic Otuchet, the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) President explained that although Cheptegei is the only athlete to win a medal for Uganda at the Games, he was happy that it was the first time Uganda has qualified over 20 athletes for the event. “Our curve is getting better and better and that is good news,” added Otuchet.

Apart form Moses Kipsiro (four time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich who opted out of the Championship because they did not feel ready for the event, female athletes Juliet Chekwel and Adero Nyakisi got injured and did not travel, while Alex Chesakit was late to secure a UK visa and missed the marathon.

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