- Uganda secured their second gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics thanks to Joshua Cheptegei’s heroics in the men’s 5000m final
- Cheptegei was too strong for other runners as he powered to victory in the final 400m
- Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir failed to finish strongly and narrowly missed out on bronze
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Uganda secured her second gold medal of the Olympics as Joshua Cheptegei clinched gold in the men’s 5000 metres final on Friday, August 6.
Cheptegei powered into the lead in the final lap to ensure he was too good for his rivals in the final lap who included Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli.
Kimeli somehow finished outside the top 3 as he was beaten to the finishing line by American Paul Chelimo, whose last-minute strides proved to be the difference.
In what was a pulsating final 200 metres, Chelimo practically used all his strength to try and finish the race ahead of Kipkorir, who looked certain to at least bag bronze after Cheptegei and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed finished first and second respectively.
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