Tokyo Olympics: Uganda’s Peruth Chemtain wins steeplechase gold

Uganda's Peruth Chemutai crosses the line to win the women's 3000m steeplechase final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 4, 2021. AFP PHOTO

TOKYO OLYMPICS, JAPAN: Ugandan Athlete Peruth Chemutai has won the women’s 3000m steeplechase race to bring home Uganda’s first gold medal in the ongoing 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The 22-year-old Ugandan timed 9min 01.45sec at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, outsprinting American Courtney Frerichs with 250 metres to go to win comfortably.

Frerichs claimed silver in 9:04.79 with Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng taking bronze (9:05.39).

Chemutai becomes the first female Ugandan to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal.

She is also only the third Ugandan to win an Olympics Gold medal Stephen Kiprotich in 2012 and John Akii-Bua won gold in the Steeplechase race during the 1972 Olympic games.

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