By Thomas Odongo
Uganda’s long-distance runner, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has won the men's 10,000m finals gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
This comes just less than a week (five days) after he claimed a gold medal at the men's 5,000m finals at the same event which was Uganda's maiden silverware then and has also set his own tally to two.
21-year old Cheptegei was dubbed favorite in the buildup and some commentators noted that he is poised to give the opponents the run for their money, and make no mistake he did just that at the Carrara Stadium.
He finished with a winning time of 27:19:62, which was the second fastest in the tourney's history followed by Canada's Mohammed Ahmed (27:20:56) and Kenya's Rodgers Kwemoi (27:28:66)
However, Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo finished fourth with a winning time of 27:30:25.
Cheptegei has broken the Commonwealth Games record set in 2002 by Kenya's Wilberforce Talel who had set up the same feat then.
His berth now implies that Uganda has gunned three gold medals at this year's do and five in total, including two bronze.
It is also the first time ever Uganda has won three gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games event.
However, his fellow Kapchorwa-born counterpart, Moses Kipsiro also set the same record during the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Cheptegei has totally sent his critics to their caves after making him a laughing stoke among other race fans circles when he staggered and almost fainted at the World Cross Country Championship held in Kampala.