Joshua Cheptegei has won Uganda’s second gold medal and $67,000 at the IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar.
Cheptegei, known for his power in the final stretch of contests, once again timed his race to perfection after a topsy-turvy, entertaining affair involving Ugandans, Kenyans and Ethiopians at the front, to eventually break free of Kejelcha with less than a hundred metres to go.
Last month Cheptegei also set a personal best time when he won the men’s 5,000m during the IAAF Diamond League in Switzerland. Cheptegei is also the reigning World Cross Country champion.
Leader Cheptegei right away felt the heavy breathing of an ignited Kejelcha hot on his heels. It was neck and neck. The Ethiopian tried to kick his long legs past his Ugandan challenger, but this was familiar territory for Cheptegei, who dug deeper into his reserve tank for that gold-winning energy to break free and claim a historic win.
The crowd, many up on their feet by then, had just witnessed another piece of scintillating endurance running.