On Sunday, Joshua Cheptegei, 23-year-old who won the 10,000m world title in Doha last year. Two days ago, at the Diamond League in Monaco (France) and broke the world record in 12 minutes 35.36 seconds was welcomed by the Ugandan high commissioner, Nairobi, Kenya.
The previous mark, set by Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele was 12:37.35.
The convoy carrying Ugandan Athletes Joshua Cheptegei, Nakaayi Halima, Nanyondo Winnie, and Kissa Stephen safely arrived at the Malaba (Kenya-Uganda) Border at 12:36hrs after a 9-hour journey from JKIA, Nairobi. The convoy entailing a Kenya Diplomatic Police escort made its way through the busy border with consummate ease and were received by the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Tororo, Mr. Were Yahaya.
The Uganda Athletics team was safely handed over to the RDC Tororo & the District COVID-19 Taskforce. Joshua Cheptegei led the team in thanking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials (Guma Jeremiah and Evelyn Namatende) for their kind gesture from the time they landed in Nairobi up till the Malaba border revealing that it was really nice and he loved the reception.
Fans at the Border were filled with immense joy when they saw their hero and took endless ‘selfies’ with the 5000M Monaco Diamond League Champion.
Cheptegei was in company of fellow athletes Stephen Kissa, Halima Nakaayi, and Winnie Nanyondo who also participated in the Diamond League.