Joshua Cheptegei is a Ugandan born gold medalist in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships 2014. A student of Bugema University and a member of the Uganda Police force track team, he raised Uganda’s flag high winning gold in the 10,000m race, at Hayward Field in Eugene, America.
Joshua Cheptegei 18 is a Sabiny from Kapchorwa in Eastern Uganda,a district well known for grooming athletes like Joseph Kiprotich, Boniface Kiprop, and David Kipsiro, among others. Joshua Cheptegei’s gold in the championship is a dream he had been living for more than three years.
Cheptegei took first position in the race, followed by Elvis Cheboi (Kenya), Nicholas Kosimbei (Kenya), Aferweki Berhane (Eritrea), and Uganda’s Abdallah Mande came fifth at the same event. The first five positions were monopolized by runners from Eastern Africa.
This is Uganda’s fourth gold medal in the World Junior Championships since 2004, when Boniface Kiprop won Uganda’s first gold. Cheptegei has surely made Uganda proud.
Just two years after Joseph Kiprotich won gold for Uganda in the August 2012 London Olympic Games, Cheptegei’s win has once again shown Uganda’s potential in the field athletics, leaving many optimistic.
Two other Ugandans are taking part in the Junior Championships including Philip Kipyeko and Stella Chesang both of whom are to compete in the men and women’s 5000m races respectively.
The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations(IAAF). Originally, it was organized every four years, but this changed in 1991, and it has since been organized biennially. The July 2014 Championship has various activities like short races, discus throw, shot put, pole vault, javelin throw, weight lifting, hammer throw and many others.
Uganda Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
The Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 kicked off 23rd July and will end 3rd August 2014 and several sportsmen are representing Uganda at Celtic Park, Scotland. These include sprinters, long distance runners, swimmers badminton players, rugby players, and boxers (the bombers).
On a lighter note, President of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni increased the sportsmen allowances from $72 daily to $100 daily in order to motivate the team. This he says will encourage more young men and women engage in sports, thus represent the country in even more avenues.