- August 4, 2021
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What You Didn’t Know About Uganda’s Gold Medalist Peruth Chemutai
Uganda’s steeplechase athlete Peruth Chemutai has today made history as the first Ugandan woman ever to win the Olympics gold.
Chemutai had excellent performance not just winning but with the first-ever unique technique of clearing the barrier without stepping on it.
The 22-year-old timed 9min 01.45sec at the Olympic Stadium, outsprinting American Courtney Frerichs with 250 meters.
USA’s Courtney Frerichs took silver after clocking 9:04:79 as Hyvin Kiyeng at 9:05:39 took Bronze home.
Chemutai’s win is Uganda’s 10th medal in Olympics history and the third GOLD at the games after John Akii-Bua in 1972 and Stephen Kiprotich at Landan games in 2012.
Who Is Peruth Chemutai
Peruth Chemutai is a Ugandan steeplechase runner and was born on July 10th, 1999 in Bukwo District
She won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase race and also competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in that event; her time of 9:31.03 in the heats did not qualify her for the final.
Hailing from the Bukwo District, she took up running in 2013 after attending the District Athletics Championships in Bukwo as a casual fan.
At the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, she won silver medals in the 1500 metres and 3000 metres.
She also competed in the junior women’s race at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, finishing in 7th place.
In 2016, she finished in 7th place in the final of the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase event at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
At the 2018 World Junior Championships held in mid-July, she claimed a notable Silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase. A week later, at the Monaco diamond league, she set a national record with a time of 9:07.94
In 2019, she competed in the senior women’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in Aarhus, Denmark. She finished in 5th place.