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Peruth Chemutai’ The First Ugandan Woman to win an Olympic Medal

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Peruth Chemuta, created history by becoming Uganda’s first woman to win an Olympic medal at the tokyo olympics 2020. She won gold at the 3,000m steeplechase with a time record of 9:01.45 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Chemuta, edged out Team USA’s Courtney Frerichs (s who won silver at the 2017 World Championships, on the final lap and pulled away to win by 20 metres, and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng who had to settle for the bronze medal to go with the silver she won in the same event at the Rio Games in 2016.

Peruth Chemutai' The First Ugandan Woman to win an Olympic Medal

it was a race that threw the rule book out the window, in terms of how one usually paces themselves for the olympics.

While Chemutai led at the 1,000m mark, Frerichs made the brave move to break away early and create a sizeable gap between herself and the Ugandan runner.

But Chemutai made her move as the bell rang for the final lap, chasing down Frerichs before crossing the line in a new national record and writing herself into the history books.

“I thought about going in the front of the race, but the American girl (Frerichs) came in front. With 500m [remaining], I just decided to go, and I went hard until the finish,” Chemutai said.

“I definitely ran the kick out of my own legs,” said Frerichs of making the decision to go out early. “I was obviously hoping to hold on for the win but I’m super happy about it and have no regrets.”

 

Reference: arise.tv, olympics.com,

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