OREGON, USA: Uganda’s Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai was unable to earn Uganda a medal after finishing 11th in the 3000m Steeplechase final at the ongoing World Athletics Championships, in Oregon, USA.
Chemutai crossed the finishing line at a timing of 9:21.93. (US), way too below the time she posted in the heats.
The 3000m steeplechase gold was won by Kenyan-turned Kazakhstan Norah Jeruto who posted a championship record of 8.53.02 while Ethiopian duo Werkuha Getachew and Mekides Abebe, settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Winfred Yavi, another athlete with Kenyan ancestry, came in fourth place, just missing out on a medal, and she will feel bad for her weak leap on the final water obstacle.
Earlier on in the 5000m heats, Uganda’s Esther Chebet ran a 15:26.40 race to finish 13th and failed to qualify for the final.
Joshua Cheptegei return on Friday morning for the 5000m heats, and he will be in good company of Oscar Chelimo and Peter Malu in the heats.