Athletics: MTN rewards Cheptegei for breaking world record


MTN Uganda has rewarded long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei for his recent success at the Monaco Diamond League meet, where he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year old world record of 12:37.35.

In recognition of this milestone, the Telecom company has offered Joshua Cheptegei a cash prize of  UGX 123, 536,000 and a telecommunication package of 12GB of data, 35 voice minutes and 36 SMS per month for twelve months.  The company said the prizes symbolize the new 12.35.36 world record time. 


At the hand over ceremony at Mbale Resort Hotel, MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte commended Cheptegei.
“In sport, recognizing and rewarding milestones is widely accepted as an essential motivation in getting athletes to reach their peak potential. And so, as Joshua [Cheptegei] continues to take on other sporting challenges, Uganda ought to recognize and celebrate this remarkable achievement.”

In his response, Cheptegei thanked MTN for supporting Athletics.