Uganda’s athletic sensation, Joshua Cheptegei, has secured an impressive reward of Shs265 million from World Athletics for his outstanding victory in the 10,000m race at the 2023 World Athletics Championships held in Budapest.
The illustrious track legend achieved a remarkable feat by capturing his third consecutive gold medal, completing the demanding race in a great time of 27:51.42.
His exceptional performance outshone his closest competitor, Kenya’s Daniel Ebenyo, who clinched second place at 27:52.60.
The reigning Tokyo Olympic champion, Selemon Barega, claimed the third spot by crossing the finish line in 27:52.72.
Despite being considered a favourite, the Ethiopian standout, Berihu Aregawi, was settled for fourth place, just outside the medal bracket.
World Athletics awards the gold medal winners with a substantial prize of $70,000 (equivalent to about Shs256 million).
At the same time, the silver medalist receives $35,000 (approximately Shs128 million), and the bronze medalist takes home $22,000 (about Shs81 million).
This prize distribution extends to the eighth-placed athlete in the race.
Adding to his remarkable achievements, the three-time consecutive 10,000m gold medalist, Cheptegei, will proudly represent Uganda in the 5,000m finals alongside his compatriot and bronze medalist, Oscar Chelimo.
In an accolade that secures his place in history, Cheptegei joins the exclusive ranks of track legends, including Great Britain’s Mo Farah, who claimed the world title in 2013 (Moscow), 2015 (Beijing), and 2017 (London).
Remarkably, Cheptegei and Farah stand one title away from matching the remarkable achievement of the Ethiopian duo, Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, who each secured the world title four times.
Uganda’s celebrated star athlete, Halimah Nakaayi, is set to commence her campaign in the 800m heats on Wednesday, aiming to reclaim her prestigious 2019 Doha World Athletics gold medal.
As she steps onto the track, the nation eagerly awaits her performance and wishes her the best in her pursuit of glory.