Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai wrote history by becoming Uganda’s first woman to win an Olympic gold in the 3,000m steeplechase at the ongoing Tokyo games.
Chemutai led at the 1000mark and held onto it to cross the line in a time of 9:01.45 which is a national record over that distance.
The Ugandan was closely United States Courtney Frerichs who took silver while Hyving Kiyeng was forced to settle on bronze.
The 22-year-old said “I am feeling great. Today I made it. It is the first time Uganda gets the gold medal in 3,000m steeplechase. I am so happy to be an Olympic champion”.
All of Uganda’s 10 medals at the Olympic Games have come from men. The nation’s two Olympic gold’s before tonight had come from John Akii-Bua at Munich 1972 and marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich at London 2012.