Peruth Chemutai Becomes Uganda’s First Female Olympic Medalist

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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