KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
There was excitement in Uganda on Sunday after
its star athlete Joshua Cheptegei won a gold medal at the
on-going 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
President Yoweri Museveni on his twitter handle said Uganda was
proud of Cheptegei who won the 5,000m race.
minister of education and sports said Cheptegei has made Uganda
Edward Kalega, a
tennis player was all praise for Cheptegei.
“It is never easy to
win a medal at the international scene, but Cheptegei has showed
that he has what it takes to win,” added Kalega.
Cheptegei who is
also the reigning 10,000m world silver medalist is expected to
return to Uganda before the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
conclude on April 15.
return early in the week as he has to start preparing for a
Grand Prix race,” Timothy Masaba, the administrator at the
Uganda Athletics Federation told Xinhua on Sunday.
Besides track and
field events Uganda is also fielding athletes in rugby, netball,
squash, badminton, cycling, table tennis, weightlifting,
shooting, swimming and boxing.
Ugandan Stella Chesang wins
Commonwealth Games 10,000m gold medal
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s Stella Chesang has won the 10,000m
women’s gold medal at the on-going 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth
Chesang was in the lead for most of the race at the Carrara
Stadium in Australia on Monday to record a time for 31:45.30.
“This is wonderful.
Chesang has proved to us that the women runners have now got to
the top,” Dominic Otuchet, president of the Uganda Athletics
Federation told Xinhua by telephone.
Mercyline Chelangat also won a bronze medal in the same race in
a time of 31:48.41 behind Kenya’s Stacy Ndiwa who was second.
The third Ugandan runner in the race Juliet Chekwel finished in
7th position in a time of 31:57.97.
“I want to
congratulate Stella Chesang for winning gold in the women’s
10,000m finals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,
Australia. You have done your country proud,” Uganda President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni congratulated Chesang moments after the
another fan told Xinhua that she is glad that a female athlete
can win a gold medal at the international stage.
“We were used to
Dorcus Inzikuru winning many years ago. We are proud of Chesang
as a woman,” she added.
On Sunday, Joshua
Kiprui Cheptegei bagged Uganda’s first gold medal when he won
the 5,000m final.
Cheptegei has now
changed his mind and allowed to run in the 10,000m final on
Earlier in the day
two other Ugandan female athletes Emily Nanziri and Leni Shida
also qualified to the semi-finals in the 400m. Leni Shida
finished 4th in Heat 2 in a time of 52:79, while
Nanziri also made it to the semifinals after finishing 4th
in Heat 4. But Scovia Ayikoru failed to make it to the semis
after finishing 7th in Heat 5.