Newly crowned World Athletics marathon champion Victor Kiplangat has received high praise from Joshua Cheptegei following his stunning victory in the 42 km distance on August 27 in Budapest.
Kipangat posted a time of 2:08:53, fending off stiff challenges from Israel's Maru Teferi 2:09:12 and Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase, who settled for bronze in a time of 2:09:19. Stephen Kissa finished fifth, having suffered a fall in the race.
"Glorious moments here at home," Cheptegei stated on X.com (formerly known as Twitter) before adding.
"What a joy to see a teammate I saw from his humble beginnings step by step of the ladder to the top, a bright future in the distance for Uganda."
"In the same way, I thank Stephen Kissa Andrew Kwemoi for the team spirit. Bravo."
The 2022 Commonwealth Games champion added another gold medal to his growing resume at the age of just 23 years.
Kiplangat's victory took Uganda's medal tally to two gold in Budapest.
Cheptegei, a three-time 10,000m world champion, is purportedly plotting to transition from the track to road races.
He announced plans to make his marathon debut at the Valencia Marathon Trinidad Alfonso on December 3, 2023.