Ace Athlete Cheptegei Bags Gold Medal For Uganda In Oregon

Ace Athlete Cheptegei Bags Gold Medal For Uganda In Oregon

By Ivan Mwine

Celebrated Ugandan athlete on Saturday morning won a gold medal  during the men’ 5000m race on day one of the Prefontaine Classic, with 12 minutes and 57.99 seconds in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

The two-day event began Friday night at Hayward Field with a program featuring five distance races, including the USA Track & Field championships in the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters.

Both championship races delivered exciting finishes, with Karissa Schweizer beating Alicia Monson in the women’s race and Joe Klecker edging Grant Fisher in the men’s race.


Diamond League men’s pole vault

Results: 1. Armand Duplantis (19 feet, 4 3/4 inches); 2. Christopher Nilsen (19-0 3/4); 3. Sondre Guttormsen (19-0 3/4)

Diamond League women’s high jump

Results: 1. Yaroslava Mahuchikh (6 feet, 6 3/4 inches); 2. Vashti Cunningham (6-4); 3. Nadezhda Dubovitskaya (6-4)

Joshua Cheptegei in Oregon


Women’s USATF 10,000-meter championship

Results: 1. Karissa Schweizer (30:49.56); 2. Alicia Monson (30:51.09); 3. Natosha Rogers (31:29.80).


Men’s USATF 10,000-meter championship

Results: 1. Joe Klecker (28:28.71); 2. Grant Fisher (28:28.81); 3. Sean McGorty (28:29.57).


Diamond League women’s discus

Results: 1. Valarie Allman (68.35); 2. Sandra Petkovic (65.50); 3. Kristin Pudenz (62.58m).


Women’s 2 mile

Results: 1. Francine Niyonsaba (8:59.08); 2. Beatrice Chebet (9:14.71); 3. Laura Galvan (9:15.74). Note: Niyonsaba missed the world record (8:58.58) by half a second.

Women’s 5,000 meters

Results: 1. Ejgayehu Taye (14:12.98); 2. Letesenbet Gidey (14:24.59); 3. Rahel Daniel (14:36.66).


Men’s 5,000 meters

Results: 1. Joshua Cheptegei (12:57.99); 2. Milkesa Mengesha (13:01.11); 3. Daniel Simiu Ebenyo (13:10.61).

Cheptegei is a Ugandan long-distance runner and the reigning Olympic champion in the 5000 metres and silver medalist for the 10,000 metres, World champion (10,000m), and World Cross Country champion.

He currently holds world records in both the 5000m and 10,000m, and holds world best in the 15 kilometres road race. He is also the current Ugandan record holder in both the 5 km and 10 km.

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