Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the men’s 10,000 metres world title in Doha on Sunday timing the second fastest ever in the championships history of 26min 48.36sec.
The 23-year-old — silver medallist in 2017 — is the first Ugandan to win the title.
Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia took silver (26:49.34) and Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto the bronze (26:50.32).
It is Uganda’s second gold at the World Athletics Championship in Doha and the country’s best show ever at the Worlds.
Since making the top 10 places over the long-distance double at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Cheptegei’s target was: “Try get the 5000m and 10000m titles in Doha 2019 and then do the same again, God willing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he remarked in a recent interview.
However, Cheptegei was stunned when he capitulated in bizarre mode to lose the lead and finish 30th at the World Cross-country Championships in front of President Museveni in Kololo on March 26, 2017