World 5,000m and 10, 000m athletics record champion Joshua Cheptegei has bought 10 acres of land worth a mind-blowing Shs4 billion, Xclusive UG confirms.
Cheptegei bought the land recently in Mbalwa, near Numugongo.
The athlete bought each plot at Shs50 million. He bought 80 plots (10 acres).
It’s not clear what Cheptegei is going to use the land for but we are told he has been on a land acquiring spree both in Kampala and in the Sebei region, back home.
“Yeah, Chep has been investing in land lately. He believes it’s the right investment because he still has many years of his athletics career ahead of him. He doesn’t want investments that will need his time,” a close pal told us.
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner.
He has been in the news lately following his exploits on the track field.
Over the years, Cheptegei has won various medals including the 2019 world champion in the 10,000 m.
He is the tenth man in history to hold the 5,000 m and 10,000 m world records concurrently, both set in 2020. In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 metres event at the World Championship in London. In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the cross country world champion in 2019. In 2020, at a road race in Monaco, he set a new world road 5 km record of 12:51, breaking through the event’s 13-minute barrier, taking 9 seconds from the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer in 2000.
In August 2020, at the Monaco Diamond League meet, he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo. On 7 October 2020, in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 meters, which again improved on Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.