By Ivan Mwine
Ugandan athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo have raised the Ugandan flag high again after they won silver and bronze medals respectively in the Tokyo Olypics.
News coming in from Tokyo, Japan, is that Cheptegei won silver after emerging second in men’s 10,000M race while Kiplimo scooped bronze after he emerged third in the men’s 10,000m race.
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, born 12 September 1996, is a Ugandan long-distance runner and 2019 world champion in the 10,000 m.
Cheptegei is the tenth man in history to hold the 5,000m and 10,000m world records concurrently, both set in 2020.
In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 metres event at the World Championship in London.
In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the cross country world champion in 2019.
In 2020, at a road race in Monaco, he set a new world road 5 km record of 12:51, breaking through the event’s 13-minute barrier, taking 9 seconds from the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer in 2000.
In August 2020, at the Monaco Diamond League meet, he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.
On 7 October 2020, in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 meters, which again improved on Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.