In a brutal race of attrition, Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda capped a glorious year by securing the world 10,000m title to add to the world cross-country crown he secured in March.
Cheptegei, who shared the pace with Kenyan duo Rhonex Kipruto and Rodgers Kwemoi for much of the race, was rewarded by out-slugging Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in a thrilling final lap to land the title in 26:46.37 – the second-fastest time in World Championships history.
Kejelcha, who earlier this year set a world indoor record for the mile and was running in only the second 10,000m race of his career, earned silver in 26:49.34.
Kipruto, the world U20 champion, aged just 19, also earned precious metal for a gutsy effort, taking bronze with 26:50.32.
But this was some performance from Cheptegei, who upgraded on the silver medal he won in the 2017 world final to became the second Ugandan gold medallist at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 after women’s 800m victor Halimah Nakaayi.
Uganda now celebrates two gold medals at this showpiece in Doha after Halima Nakaayi also claimed gold in the 800m on Monday night.