Kenya, Uganda win Olympic gold medals


KENYA and Uganda have delivered more medals for Africa – two gold, a silver and a bronze – at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. 

Kenya won the gold and silver in the 800m when Emmanuel Korir won the men’s final in 1:45.06, ahead of teammate Ferguson Rotich, the race favourite, who came in second at 1:45.23. The bronze medal went to Poland’s Patryk Dobek who finished the race in 1:45.39.

Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai made history when she won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and became the first woman in her country to win an Olympic medal.

Chemutai (22) clocked  9:01.45, ahed of Team USA’s Courtney Frerichs, who won the silver and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, who got the bronze medal.

Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai

Chemuta was pleased with her achievement. “I am feeling great. Today I made it. It is the first time Uganda gets the gold medal in the 3 000m steeplechase. I am so happy to be an Olympic champion,” she said.

Korir said winning gold was an answer to his prayers. “It’s amazing I mean I’m so happy and grateful, this is a big achievement,” he said. “I’ve been praying and hoping to maybe one day have a medal and today I have it and I’m so thankful. 

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