Peruth Chemutai has won Gold in the 3000m Steeplechase competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games this afternoon. She completed the race with a personal best of 9:01:45 to bring home the first-ever medal by a Female Ugandan Athlete in the Olympics.
Chemutai who came into the race ranked tenth globally, beat the world’s best steeplechase runners who include Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi and Emma Coburn, from the United States. She also breaks her National Record in the 3000m steeplechase which stands at 9:07:94.
Chemutai’s win Puts Uganda in position 43 on the medal table with One Gold, One Silver and One Bronze medal so far. China still leads the table with 32 Gold medals, 21 Silver and 16 Bronze, ahead of the United States of America which has 25 Gold Medals, 30 Silver and 22 Bronze.
Dorcus Inzikuru remains the most successful steeplechase athlete in the 3000m category, she won three Gold medals including the 2005 World Championships, 2005 World Athletics Final, Gold and 2006 Commonwealth Games.