Tokyo Olympics: Uganda gets first medals as Cheptegei, Kiplimo finish in top three

Second-placed Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei (R) and third-placed Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo celebrate after the men's 10000m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

TOKYO | JAPAN: Ugandan athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo earned Uganda its first medal in the Tokyo Olympics games in the men’s 10000m final on Friday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Cheptegei finished second in 27:43:63 behind Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega to earn a Silver Medal, while his counterpart Jacob Kiplimo clinched Bronze in third position after racking up the 25 laps in 27:43:88 time.

Barega, 21, the eventual men’s 10000m final winner timed his last-lap sprint to perfection to win the first athletics gold of the Games clocking 27min 43.22.

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Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega crosses the finish line to win ahead of second-placed Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei (L) and Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo in the men’s 10000m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. PHOTO/AFP

Moments before, another Ugandan, Stephen Kissa bowed out of the race just over 19 minutes after leading for most of the time.

The reasons to his withdrawal are yet to be known, although may athletics commentators termed his race as a pace setter for his counterparts.

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Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi and Grant Fisher from the US came in 4th and 5th while Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi and Ronex Kipruto finished 7th and 9th respectively.

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