Peruth Chemutai becomes Uganda’s first female Olympic gold winner.


Peruth Chemutai has become Uganda’s first female Olympic gold medallist after winning the 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympic Stadium.

Uganda’s only two Olympic golds before were won by John Akii-Bua at Munich 1972 and marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich at London 2012.

“I am feeling great. Today I made it. It is the first time Uganda gets the gold medal in 3,000m steeplechase. I am so happy to be an Olympic champion,” the 22-year-old said.

“I thought about going in the front of the race, but the American girl (Frerichs) came in front. With 500m [remaining], I just decided to go, and I went hard until the finish,” Chemutai added.

Peruth Chemutai has won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time on 9:01.45 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. All of Uganda’s 10 medals at the Olympic Games have come from men.