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Uganda's Tokyo Olympic medal winners receive heroic welcome home

Uganda's medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics received a hero's welcome home on Tuesday.

joshua cheptegei
joshua cheptegei

The athletes were received by Minister of State for Education John Chrysestom Muyingo at Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala, and displayed their medals to the waiting crowds.

Joshua Cheptegei won gold in the men's 5,000m final and silver in the men's 10,000m. Peruth Chemutai won gold in the women's 10,000m final, while Jacob Kiplimo took bronze in the men's 10,000m final.

"We are delighted to be receiving a team that has performed well. This is the best performance ever for Uganda at the Olympics and we are proud of the team," said Muyingo.

The minister said the whole team will meet President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday.

Dominic Otuchet, president of the Uganda Athletics Federation, praised the team for its good showing at the Olympics.

"We have always believed in our team and they have been working hard. I was sure we would win more medals than we have done before," added Otuchet.

While most athletes on the Ugandan team took part in track and field, the country also had others participating in boxing, rowing and swimming at the Tokyo Games

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