Uganda’s star athlete, Joshua Cheptegei has continued to show his prowess after winning the 2-mile race in the Eugene Diamond League meet on Saturday night in the United States of America.
Cheptegei 24, started with sharp sprints and maintained his pace before he increased the speed towards the 400m mark where he looked intimidated by the Tokyo Olympics 10,000m gold medalist Selemon Barega from Ethiopia.
The Olympic 5,000m champion crossed the finishing line in 8:09.55 which is a world-leading mark, to beat Ethiopia’s Barega who posted 8:09:82.
His compatriot Jacob Kiplimo came 4th in the same race where he posted 8 minutes 10:16 seconds.
The long-distance runner won the 5,000m race a few days at the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and silver in the 10,000m final.
Before the 2-mile race, Peruth Chemutai finished a distant fifth in the women 3000m steeplechase at the same event.
The 2020 Tokyo Gold medalist looked sharp from the starting point but failed to keep her pace.
Chemutai ran for 9 minutes and 01:45 seconds below her personal best.
Kenya’s Jeruto Norah won the race in a personal best time of 8:53:65, while USA’s Frerichs Courtney finished second in 8 minutes 57:77 seconds
Middle distance runner, Halima Nakaayi also finished 6th in the 800m race.
She posted 1:58:78 behind Olympic champion MU Athing from the USA who crossed the finishing line in 1:55:04.
In the 1500m race, commonwealth bronze medalist, Winnie Nanyondo finished a distant fourth where she crossed the finishing line in a time of 4:00.72.
Tokyo Olympic Champion Faith Kipyegon from Kenya dominated the race to cross the line with a time of 3:53.23.