AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
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.
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.