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Tokyo Olympics: Ugandans Celebrate Chemutai's gold medal win in Japan

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni congratulated the Olympiad via his twitter handle. “I congratulate Peruth Chemutai upon winning gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and becoming the first Ugandan woman to do so. The country is extremely proud of you. Kongoi” Museveni briefly congratulated Chemutai.
Uganda's Peruth Chemutai led most of th laps. Courtesy Picture

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Uganda’s steeplechase runner Peruth Chemutai yesterday shocked the world by winning a Gold medal in the 3000m final at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.  

Immediately after the athlete scooped Gold, Uganda’s sports fraternity and the entire country celebrated her victory.     

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni congratulated the Olympiad via his twitter handle. “I congratulate Peruth Chemutai upon winning gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and becoming the first Ugandan woman to do so. The country is extremely proud of you. Kongoi” Museveni briefly congratulated Chemutai.

Janet Kataaha Museveni, Minister for Education and Sports also sent her congratulatory message via her Twitter handle, the minister also congratulated Winnie Nanyondo for qualifying for the 1500m finals.  

“Congratulations Peruth Chemutai upon winning a gold medal for Uganda in the 3000m steeplechase. We are so proud of you. I also congratulate Winnie Nanyondo upon qualifying to the next level in the 1500m race. We are praying for you and your colleagues to excel in all the races,” Janet Museveni Twitted  

Uganda Radio Network spoke to some Ugandans who were all happy for the first ever Gold medal won by a woman at the Olympic Games. Many said it is a great win because they never expected the medal from the steeplechaser noting that all hopes were in long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei.  

Hussein Katumba, businessman in Kampala down town said this is historical. He said he is super excited about the medal because he never thought Uganda can pull off anything if it is Cheptegei.  

"I do not know how to tell this, I can’t even start, I never thought any other person can win a medal if it was not Cheptegei, I send big congratulations to her," Katumba told URN  

Doreen, an athletics fan   said she was happy about the Gold, but also said the Government should not be taxing those people because they carry our flag.

“I am so happy but they should not be taxing the sports people in all what they do because they go through a lot of hustle to bring these medals and the government contributes less more so during their training” 

 

Aloysius Byamukuma, also a businessman in Kisenyi said he is very excited about Chemutai’s Gold medal win.

//Cue in oh my God …

Cue out: … congratulation to Chemutai.” //  

Samuel Mugisha, a resident of Entebbe said he is very happy for Chemutai and praying that those who have qualified for the finals also win medals.

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//Cue in: Nina esanyu nyo  

Cue out: …mbagaliza abere first.”// 

Christine Nabbanja, a resident of Entebbe also said she is very happy for the medal and continues to pray that Uganda wins more medals at the games.

//Cue in: Tuli basanyufu ….

Cue out: …tuli happy.”//  

Chemutai who came into the race ranked tenth globally, out sprinted the world’s best steeplechase runners who include Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi and Emma Coburn from the United States to win the gold medal.  

She is also the first Ugandan female athlete to win a medal in the Olympic games, and the third to win gold after John Akii Bua in 1972 and Stephen Kiprotich in 2012. 

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