By Ivan Mwine
Jubilation has engulfed sports lovers in Uganda after renowned athlete Peruth Chemutai won gold in the Tokyo Olympics.
Chemutai won Gold in the Women’s 3,000m steeplechase finals at the Tokyo Olympics held Wednesday, after she wom n the race 90:1.45.
This becomes Uganda’s 10th medal in Olympics history and the 3rd gold medal in the games after John Akii-Bua, who won it in 1972, and Stephen Kiprotich who won gold in 2012.
Chemutai’s victory also becomes the first gold medal to be won by a female athlete for Uganda in the Olympics.
Hailing from the Bukwo District, she took up running in 2013 after attending the District Athletics Championships in Bukwo as a casual fan.
At the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, she won silver medals in the 1500 metres and 3000 metres.
She also competed in the junior women’s race at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, finishing in 7th place.
In 2016, she finished in 7th place in the final of the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase event at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
At the 2018 World Junior Championships held in mid-July, she claimed a notable Silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase. A week later, at the Monaco diamond league, she set a national record with a time of 9:07.94
In 2019, she competed in the senior women’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in Aarhus, Denmark and finished in 5th place.