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 timed 9min 01.45sec at the Olympic Stadium, outsprinting American Courtney Frerichs with 250 metres to go to win comfortably.
Frerichs claimed silver in 9:04.79 with Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng taking bronze (9:05.39).
“After my fifth place at the world championships in Doha, I knew a medal would be possible if I run a good race,” said Chemutai.
Chemutai definitely made Uganda proud, and will be remembered as the first woman to win Olympic gold.