Ugandan female athlete Peruth Chemutai has won Uganda’s first gold medal in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
The 22 year old emerged the winner in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympics.
Upon rising the country’s flag high by the exuberant win.
Peruth Chemutai was congratulated by the First lady Janet Museveni in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Congratulations Peruth Chemutai upon winning a gold medal for Uganda in the 3000m steeplechase.”
“We are so proud of you,” she tweeted.
She also congratulated Winnie Nanyondo for her qualification to the another level in the 1500m race.
“I also congratulate Winnie Nanyondo upon qualifying to the next level in the 1500m race.
“We are praying for you and your colleagues to excel in all the races,” Janet Museveni tweeted.
Peruth Chemutai makes history
Peruth Chemutai has become Uganda’s first female Olympic gold medalist after her win.
She edged out Team USA’s Courtney Frerichs (silver) and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng (bronze).
It was a race that threw the rule book out the window, in terms of how one usually paces themselves during a 3,000m steeplechase race.
It was an Olympic final that featured eight of the top nine performance so far in 2021.
While Chemutai led at the 1,000m, Frerichs made the brave move to break away early.
It created a sizeable gap between herself and the Ugandan runner.
But Chemutai made her move as the bell rang for the final lap as she chased down Frerichs.
She then crossed the line in a new national record and writing herself into the history books.
All of Uganda’s 10 medals at the Olympic Games have come from men.
The nation’s two Olympic golds before tonight had come from John Akii-Bua at Munich 1972 and marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich at London 2012.