Uganda’s long distance duo of Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo settled for silver and bronze in the 10000m men’s finals at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega had a dream start to his Olympic debut beating World champion and World record holder Cheptegei.
The Ethiopian clocked a time of 27:43.22 to win the 10000m title back for Ethiopia after Mo Farah of Britain clinched the gold at the previous two Olympic games.
In a close African podium finish, Cheptegei was second in a time of 27:43.63 while World half Marathon champion Kiplimo finished third on 27:43.88.
Cheptegei a global icon put up a sensational last minute run but couldn’t overcome Barega.
Despite high expectations of a gold medal in the country, the Ugandan duo however registered the nation’s first medals at the 2020 Tokyo games.
The other Ugandan runner in the championship Stephen Kissa did not finish despite taking the lead in the opening few laps.
Meanwhile, this is the first time that Uganda has won two Olympic medals in the same event. The pair also ended Uganda’s nine year medal wait for an Olympic medal.
Uganda now has nine medal tally at the global games.