Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai has won an olympics gold medal in the women’s 3000 steeplechase in Japan. She has become the first Ugandan woman ever to win an olympic medal.
The 22-year-old out-sprinted USA’s Courtney Frerichs on the final lap to win by 20 meters and setting a new national record. Chemutai timed 9min 01.45sec on her way to the top prize.
Frerichs, who had to settle for silver in the second place registered 9:04.79 while Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng came third to claim bronze with 9:05.39.
Meanwhile another Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo had just finished qualifying for women’s 1500 meters finals after finishing fourth just before Chemutai’s success.