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Uganda’s Cheptegei wins Commonwealth Games gold medal       

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has won a gold medal in the 5,000m final of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia on Sunday.

Chepetegi told Xinhua last week that he was hungry to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal. In the race on Sunday, Cheptegei registered a time of 13:50.83 ahead of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed who came second with a time of 13:52.78.

The other two Ugandans in the race Thomas Ayeko and Phillip Kipyeko finished fourth and sixth respectively.

“This is a very good performance by Cheptegei and we are proud he kept his word,” Timothy Masaba, the administrator at the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told Xinhua on Sunday.

Cheptegei was Uganda’s medal hopeful at the Games due to the absence 2012 London Olympic marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich and Moses Kipsiro who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Cheptegei’s good show in Australia can be attributed to his good start in the 2018 season as he had won Cross Internacional de Italica in Santiponce in Seville in January and also taken part in 1500m race at the Athletix Grand Prix 1 in South Africa. 

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