Uganda’s Cheptegei adds 5,000m gold to 10,000 silver

Cheptegei won the race ahead of Mohammed Ahmed of Canada and American Paul Chelimo. (AP pic)

TOKYO: Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the world record holder, won the men’s 5,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics today to add to his 10,000m silver from last week.

The 24-year-old set the pace early in the 12-and-a-half-lap race but was soon overtaken by a host of his competitors on a balmy evening at the Olympic Stadium.

But with about 600m remaining he found a different gear to surge past the pack and retake the lead to win in 12:58.15s.

Mohammed Ahmed of Canada clinched the silver while American Paul Chelimo claimed the bronze medal with a season’s best time of 12:59.05s, falling over the line after struggling at the end.

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