Peruth Chemutai becomes first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic gold medal


Peruth Chemutai made history on Wednesday, becoming the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic Games gold medal in any sport when she won gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

The 22-year-old clocked in at a time of 9:01.45, a Ugandan national record.

Finishing in second and capturing silver was American Courtney Frerichs, who became just the second American woman to win a medal in steeplechase.

Emma Coburn, who won bronze in 2016, fell with two laps left and was eventually disqualified. Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng took bronze.

It’s just the third Olympic gold won by Uganda in any sport, with the last being won by Stephen Kiprotich in the 2012 marathon.