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Cheptegei with his gold medal in Denmark

➡ MEDALS 1⃣ Joshua CHEPTEGEI – GOLD 2⃣ Jacob KIPLIMO – SILVER 3⃣ Oscar CHELIMO – U-20 BRONZE 4⃣ U-20 Men team – SILVER 5⃣ Senior Women Team – BRONZE 6⃣ Senior men team – GOLD

RESULT: Senior Men race 10km
1⃣ Joshua CHEPTEGEI 🇺🇬 31:40 Prize $30000
2⃣ Jacob KIPLIMO 🇺🇬 31:44 $15,000
3⃣ Geoffrey KAMWOROR 🇰🇪 31:55 $10,000
7⃣ Thomas Ayeko  🇺🇬 32:25
🔟 Joel Ayeko 🇺🇬 32:32
1⃣2⃣ Albert CHEMUTAI 🇺🇬 32:46
2⃣7⃣ Maxwell ROTICH 🇺🇬 33:28
▶ Uganda win team GOLD $20,000

RESULT: Senior Women race 10km
1⃣ Hellen OBIRI 🇰🇪 36:14 $30000
2⃣ Dera DIDA 🇪🇹 36:16 $15,000
3⃣ Letesenbet GIDEY 🇪🇹 36:24 $10,000
4⃣ Rachael CHEBET 🇺🇬 36:47 $7000
5⃣ Peruth CHEMUTAI 🇺🇬 36:49 $5000
➡ Uganda win team bronze $12,000

RESULT: Under 20 Men race 8km
1⃣ Milkesa MENGESHA 🇪🇹 23:52
2⃣ Tadese WORKU 🇪🇹 23:54
3⃣ Oscar CHELIMO 🇺🇬 23:55
4⃣ Leonard Kipkemoi BETT 🇰🇪 24:02

RESULT: Under 20 Women race 6km
1⃣ Alemitu TARIKU 🇪🇹 20:50
2⃣ Tsigie GEBRESELAMA 🇪🇹 20:50
3⃣ Beatrice CHEBET 🇰🇪 20:51
4⃣ Sarah CHELANGAT 🇺🇬 20:51

Aarhus, Denmark | THE INDEPENDENT |  Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo destroyed the field Saturday for a 1-2 finish in the blue ribbon event of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships  – the men’s senior race.

It is the first ever gold for Uganda in both the senior men’s individual event, and the team event. The last time a nation other than Kenya or Ethiopia won the men’s team title at the world cross country was back in 1980.

Earlier, Oscar Chelimo had won bronze in the junior men’s event, leading his team to silver, while the senior women had also won team bronze.

Cheptegei has a lot to celebrate this time as two years ago in front of his fans in Kampala, he set a blistering opening pace and looked all set to wrap up the 2017 title with two kilometers to go, when his legs gave way. He walked home in 30th position.

Cheptegei dethrones Kamworor, celebrates

A partnership between Cheptegei and Kiplimo ensured Uganda claimed tamaiden victory in the men’s world cross-country championships in style Saturday, while Kenyan track star Hellen Obiri took the women’s title.

Cheptegei clocked 31min 40sec around the 10.2km-long course in the Danish city of Aarhus, he and Kiplimo pushing Kenya’s double defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor into third (31:55).

“It is an awesome feeling winning here today. Since I missed it last time in 2017 I now reached my mission to return with the gold medal,” Cheptegei said.

“It means a lot to me to be the first ever Ugandan to win this title. The course was very hard and difficult but I had a very strong preparation at home in Kampala where the terrain is very similar.”

It was a 1-2 finish for Uganda, with Cheptegei edging former world junior champion Kiplimo

The women’s race, over the same distance on the muddy course, was led almost from start to finish by Obiri, 2017 world champion over 5000m, a distance in which she also won Olympic gold in Rio in 2016.

The 29-year-old Kenyan clocked 36:14, just two seconds ahead of Dera Dida, with another Ethiopian, Letensebet Gidey, in third a further 8sec adrift.

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