David Emong won a gold medal in the men’s 1500m T46 final on Saturday evening to lift Uganda’s flag high at the ongoing 8th World Para-Athletics Championships in London, United Kingdom.
It should be remembered that Emong won silver at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro and he remains the only candle lighting in the room and representing Uganda at the games for the physically handicapped personalities.
To win Uganda’s first ever gold medal at the competition, he recorded a personal best of 3:58.36, beating the defending champion Nouioua Samir of Algeria who came second with the clock at 3:58.78.
Meanwhile, European silver medalist Stoyanov Hristiyan of Bulgaria won a bronze medal after coming third (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,” said the 27-year-old athlete while speaking to the media.