Peruth Chemutai became the first Ugandan woman ever to win an Olympic medal

Peruth Chemutai became the first Ugandan woman ever to win an Olympic medal

Peruth Chemutai became the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal as she took gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase on day 12 of the Tokyo Games.

The 22-year-old Ugandan set a new national record as she finished behind USA’s Courtney Frerichs, who won silver at the 2017 World Championships, on the last lap and pulled away to win by 20 meters.

Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng had to settle for the bronze medal to go with the silver she won in a similar event at the Rio Games in 2016.

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Ethiopia’s Mekides Abebe was fourth with Kenya’s world champion Beatrice Chepkoech only able to finish seventh, after struggling with a hamstring injury. A second Ethiopian Zerfe Wondimagegn was eighth.

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