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Cheptegei returns from Monaco, eyes Olympic glory

By Faustine Odeke

Added 17th August 2020 01:29 PM

Cheptegei was received at Malaba customs border by the Tororo deputy Resident District commissioner Yahaya Were together with customs and security officials.

Cheptegei returns from Monaco, eyes Olympic glory

Cheptegei greets a Uganda High Commission official at Malaba border post on Sunday. PHOTOS: Faustine Odeke

Cheptegei was received at Malaba customs border by the Tororo deputy Resident District commissioner Yahaya Were together with customs and security officials.

The current 5000m World record holder, Joshua Cheptegei on Sunday returned home from Monaco in low-key style.

Cheptegei was received at Malaba customs border by the Tororo deputy Resident District commissioner Yahaya Were together with customs and security officials.

Cheptegei was driven from Nairobi, Kenya in a convoy that was led by a diplomatic police car after arriving via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during the wee hours of Sunday.

Aboard Turkish Airlines flight, Cheptegei arrived at 3:00 am, a day after breaking a 16-year-old record previously held by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele at the Wanda Diamond League in Monaco.

Cheptegei receives warm welcome at Malaba

Cheptegei clocked 12:35:36 at the Stade Louis II in the Fontvieille district of Monaco, smashing the standing 12:37.35 in a bravura solo performance.

Unfortunately, there was no merrymaking as some of the officials only learned of his arrival when he had been driven off to his home town.

Kenyan police officers take selfies with Cheptegei

Cheptegei spent less than 30 minutes awaiting certification of his coronavirus certificate by the in-charge of the Malaba border port health service major Denis Turyagyenda.

"I have taken my career to the next level and it's a big boost ahead of the next year's Olympic Games. I thank the high commission officials for good gesture extended to me," Cheptegei said.

Cheptegei poses for a photo with officials at the border post

Yahaya, however, thanked Cheptegei for making Uganda proud saying that the government is going to do all it takes to support his endeavours in building his career.

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