Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo win medals for Uganda
Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo win medals for Uganda : Uganda athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo have won Uganda her first medals at the 202O Olympics happening in Tokyo Japan. The athletes won silver and bronze medals in the 10000m race that took place on Friday 30th August 2021.
The Tokyo 2020 games were supposed to take place last year 2020 but were halted because of the covid-19 pandemic. They are now happening under strict covid-19 standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of the disease among the several sportsmen and women.
Joshua Cheptegei a world champion and record holder 5000m and 10000m got the silver medal after coming in second a few seconds behind the gold winner Selemon Barega of Ethiopia and Jacob Kiplimo came in a few seconds after Joshua Cheptegei wining the bronze medal. The race also has another Ugandan Stephen Kissa who was also part of this historic race.
Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo are part of the team of many sportsmen and women representing Uganda in the Tokyo 2020 games. Their performance on Friday guarantees the two slots in the next race and our hope is that they will continue flying the Ugandan flag high.
Team Uganda female athletes Winnie Nanyondo and Halima Nakayi also managed to progress to the semi-finals of the women’s 800m race. Other Ugandans in the different games have also been performing well and we are keeping our hopes high for more medals.
Uganda the pearl of Africa is one the five East African countries in the region and its known for its beauty hence the pearl of Africa, loving people, warm culture, scenic natural features, historical sites, diverse flora and fauna among other things. The other countries in the East African region are Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.
Uganda is a tourist hub and among the many tourist attractions in the country are the famous and endangered mountain gorillas that live in the south western part of the country. Uganda is one of the three countries in East Africa with mountain gorillas and Bwindi National Park in Uganda is home to over half the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Most tourists visit the country to have a chance to have a glimpse at these huge apes. Thus most people visit the country for mountain gorilla trekking safaris, which are done in Bwindi National park and Mgahinga National park.
The country is home to over 1000 mammal species including the big five animals’ lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants, together with other animals like the zebras, antelopes, cheetahs, elands, topis, Uganda kob, impalas, antelopes etc. The mammals also include other primates like the chimpanzees, monkeys and many more. Uganda also harbours numerous bird species including the endemic albertine birds, shoe bill stork, African eagle birds among others.
Apart from the mountain gorillas that are only found in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park all the creatures mentioned above and more can be found in any of these parks Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Murchsion falls National Park, Kidepo National park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mt Elgon National park etc. The top activities done in these parks include game drives, boat rides, bird watching, nature walks etc
Other tourism sites and places that tourist visit often Kasubi tombs, the Uganda Museum, Gadafi mosque, Namugongo Shrine, the Nile River which is the longest river in Africa, Lake Victoria the largest lake in East Africa, mountain Rwenzori , Murchison falls, aruu falls, sipi falls, nyero rocks etc.
These are just but a few of the great features that complement the country’s beauty.