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.
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
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.
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 1，500m
race at the Athletix Grand Prix 1 in South Africa.
Cheptegei after gold win
at on-going 2018 Commonwealth Games