Peruth Chemutai has become the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport after winning gold in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Aug. 4.
Chemutai, 22, finished the race in a time of nine minutes and 1.45 seconds, winning Uganda’s first Olympic gold medal in the event and setting a new national record.
“I am feeling great. Today I made it… I am so happy to be an Olympic champion,” Chemutai said, as quoted by the official website of the Olympics.
Chemutai’s Olympic gold medal is Uganda’s third-ever after John Akii-Bua won the 400-meter hurdles at the 1972 Munich Games and Stephen Kiprotich won in the men’s marathon at the 2012 London Games.
American Courtney Frerichs won silver in a time of nine minutes and 4.79 seconds in Wednesday’s event while Kenyan Hyun Kiyeng won bronze with a time of nine minutes and 5.39 seconds.
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