David Emong won gold in the men’s 1500m T46 final on Saturday evening at the ongoing 8th World Para-Athletics Championships in London, United Kingdom.
This is Uganda’s first ever gold medal at this particular competition.
Emong who won silver at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, out paced the defending champion Algerian Nouioua Samir and European silver medallist Stoyanov Hristiyan of Bulgaria.
He thus set a new personal best time of 3:58.36. Samir finished with silver after clocking 3:58.78 whilst Hristiyan took bronze with a new personal best of 3:58.94.
“I was expecting to win because I have been training at altitude with Uganda’s champions Moses Kipsiro and Stephen Kiprotich.
“Last year I wasn’t ready to win but this time I was ready and in the last 100m I knew it was mine,” the 27 year old athlete told the media.
Like it was during the Para-Olympics, Emong is the only representative from Uganda at the games for the physically handicapped personalities.