I’m no longer with you, Cheptegei tells Police
Joshua Cheptegei’s win of second gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth games in Gold Coast Australia excited many Ugandans, rightly, since the long distance runner’s win was a win for Uganda.
Cheptegei crossed the finishing line in the 10,000 metres race at 27:19:62, just one second ahead of Canada’s Mohamed Ahmed.
Many Ugandans that were watching on TV burst in excitement as Cheptegei outpaced his Canadian challenger, to win the second gold at the games.
Last Sunday, April 8, he won Uganda’s first medal in the 5,000 metres race.
Many took to the social media to congratulate Cheptegei, and like it was on Sunday, the Uganda Police in a tweet called the golden runner their own.
“Congratulations to our Police officer @joshuacheptege1 , for winning another Gold medal in the 10,000 metre race. #GC2018,” read the police tweet.
As the police continued to bask in glory, Cheptegei spoiled the soup when he tweeted distancing himself from the force.”No longer in force,” read his reply, instantly changing the social media commentators who were praising the police for nurturing talent.
No longer in force
— Joshua Cheptegei (@joshuacheptege1) April 13, 2018
“Busted. No longer in force. Kale Uganda Police Mwessaawo…” partly read a reply tweet from activist Obed Namutosi.
BUSTED🤣😂😂 NO LONGER IN FORCE. KALE UGANDA POLICE MWESAWO. YOU DENY TO PROTECT US;BUT VERY QUICK TO CONGRAGULATE US WHEN WE WIN. SHAME UPON YOU. BIG MEN AND WOMEN🤣😂😂
— lizziebeth (@NamutosiObeid) April 14, 2018
Cheptegei had initially not registered for the 10,000 metres competition but after he won gold in the 5,000 metres, he was persuaded to enter the 10,000 metres competition.
Cheptegei in the Friday afternoon race set the games’ record (GR) becoming the first man to run the race below 20 seconds past 27minutes. He is now the third Ugandan to win this race at the Commonwealth games after Boniface Kiprop (Melbourne 2006) and Moses Kipsiro (Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014).
Uganda is now 14th on medal table with five medals – three gold medals from Cheptegei (2) and Stella Chesanga (1) plus two bronze medals from Juma Miiro and Mercyline Chelangat.
Ugandans will be back in action on Sunday for the marathon which is the climax of the games.