Joshua Cheptegei wins 5000m gold medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games Australia

With most of our stars bowing out in the opening days of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Uganda’s long distance runner  Joshua Cheptegei has delivered a  heroic performance!

The 21-year-old formidable Cheptegei has won gold! He came first in a hotly contested race despite lagging behind in the five laps. However, he managed to powerfully gain momentum in the final laps hence posting 13:50.83 which got us the first medal at the event.

Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed settled for silver as he posted 13:52.78 and  Edward Zakayo from Kenya wrapped up the podium finish coming third in 13:54.06 hence getting bronze.  Other Ugandans Thomas Ayeko  and Phillip Kipyeko finished fourth and sixth respectively.

Last year, Cheptegei revamped he career by winning silver in the  10,000m race r at the World Championships following mocks when he almost collapsed in the IAAF Championship on home soil in Kampala.