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Cheptegei wins men’s 10,000 m world title in Doha

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.

Winner Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei (2nd R) poses with second-placed Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha (R) and third-placed Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto (L) and Kenya’s Rodgers Kwemoi after the Men’s 10,000m final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on October 6, 2019

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

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