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Star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won Uganda her first medal as the 2017 IAAF World Championships got under way yesterday.

Star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won Uganda her first medal as the 2017 IAAF World Championships got under way yesterday.

Cheptegei was in the lead for most of the 10,000m race before settling for second place and bagging a silver medal behind world champion Mohamad Farah of England. He set a personal best time of 26:49.94, while Farah set a time of 26:49.51.

Kenya's duo of Paul Kipngetich Tanui and Bedan Karoi Muchiri finished third and fourth respectively. "It has been a good start for us and we thank God that Cheptegei has won a medal," Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN.

Before the team traveled early this week head coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe was optimistic that the young team would perform in the absence of seasoned runners like Stephen Kiprotich and Moses Kipsiro. Female runners Juliet Chekwel and Adero Nyakisi also withdrew from the team because of injury.

The 2012 London Olympics gold medalist Kiprotich and four time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Moses Kipsiro indicated they were not well prepared to take part in the Championship.

The other medal hopefuls for Uganda include Solomon Mutai who finished 7th at the Rio Olympics last year and won bronze at the 2015 World Championship in China, together with Robert Chemonges who won the Dusseldorf Marathon in Germany. Stephen Kisa is captain of the team.

Uganda's team
Men: Solomon Mutai, Robert Chemonges, Alex Chesakit, Joshua Cheptegei, Moses Kuron, Sam Cherop, Stephen Kisa, Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Sikowo, Albert Chemutai, Jacob Araptany, Ronald Musagala, Abu Mayanja

Women: Mercyline Chelangat, Stella Chesang, Peruth Chemutai, Dorcus Ajok, Halima Nakaayi, Ester Chebet, Winnie Nanyondo.