Ugandan World Champion Joshua Cheptegei has this evening returned back in the country after breaking the 5000m World Record in Monaco.
On the morning of August 16, 2020, Cheptegei was received by the Uganda High Commission officials in Nairobi on his way back home. Together with his teammates Halima Nakaayi and Winnie Nanyondo, Cheptegei was later moved to Malaba border point where he was received by the Ministry of Education and Sports officials.
However, Cheptegei who on Friday shattered the 16-year-old 5,000m world record at the Monaco Diamond League, in France, won’t enjoy the usual mass heroic welcome normally accorded to Uganda medal winners as he has gone into self-isolation in his home town, Kapchorwa as a mandatory precaution against the deadly Covid-19.
It’s expected that after self-isolation, the record breaker will be officially hosted by President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe.