Nothing is better than you watch your countrymen excelling at the 2018 Commonwaelth games currently on at Gold Coast city of Australia.
Uganda, one of the African representatives are expressing their joy and heaping congratulatory messages upon long distance athlete, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, who on Sunday morning won the 5000m gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The victory has particularly been sweeter for Ugandans who in 2017, watched as Cheptegei slipped from a commanding first place in the early laps to finish in 30th position, at the World Cross Country Championship held in Kampala, Uganda.
At the time, Cheptegei’s desperate last lap became an internet joke as Ugandans chose to laugh off their disappointment.
Since then, the 21 year old athlete has won won silver at the IAAF World Championships in London and run the world’s second fastest 15km race ever at the Seven Hills Race in Netherlands.
Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni led the celebrations of Uganda’s first gold medal at this year’s Commonwealth games, won at the expense of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed and Kenyan teenager Edward Zakayo.
Congratulations to Joshua Cheptegei for winning gold in the Men's 5,000m finals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia. Uganda is proud of you.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) April 8, 2018
— Mugisha Muntu (@mugishamuntu) April 8, 2018
Uganda’s Cheptegei wins GOLD! Congratulations. Great performance- keep it up. You’ve made us proud. @PGovUg @joshuacheptege1 @thecgf @UgAthletesForum @iaaforg @ntvuganda @nbstv @bbstvug @observerug @newvisionwire @DailyMonitor @892cbsFm @Radiosimbatweet pic.twitter.com/AZBIdI4Xha
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) April 8, 2018Loading...
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— Sarah Kagingo (@SarahKagingo) April 8, 2018
Joshua Cheptegei, who was mocked when he nearly collapsed during the IAAF championship in Kampala, has just won Gold at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast
Success and your many fathers.. please arrive!
Congratulations Joshua, always proving your doubters. pic.twitter.com/eo1MLJZWyi
— Nduhukire NTV 🇺🇬 (@Snduhukire) April 8, 2018
Stuff of dreams!!🤗🤗 Oh Uganda! What a moment! @joshuacheptege1 won gold🏅 today at @gc2018 …🇺🇬 🇺🇬
It was a remarkable moment to sing the national anthem!I was overwhelmed with 1000 emotions!🤗 unbelievable joy mostly.💪💪🏅 #gc2018athletics pic.twitter.com/9ni0MbZmJd
— aisha nassanga (@AishaSports) April 8, 2018
Team Africa at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
While Ugandans are celebrating a gold medal, it is the South African delegation that has had the most success so far, in terms of medals won by an African country.
With 4 gold medals on Monday, South Africa’s total tally of 10 medals has them currently at eighth position on the Commonwealth Games medals table.
The gold medals have been won by Henri Schoeman, in the men’s triathlon, Tatjana Schoenmaker, women’s 200m breaststroke and Chad le Clos in the men’s 200m butterfly and men’s 500m butterfly.
Mauritius, Kenya and Cameroon are the other African countries that have made it to th medals table, with one silver medal, two bronze medals and one bronze medal respectively.