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Cheptegei leads Ugandan team of 22 to Doha World Champs

Mo beat Cheptegei in the 2017 final to win gold. Cheptegei is set to make-up for this gold miss.

✳Prize Money –  World Championships
1st $60,000
2nd $30,000
3rd $20,000
4th $15,000
5th $10,000
6th $6,000
7th $5,000
8th $4,000

Doha, Qatar | THE INDEPENDENT | Former medalists Joshua Cheptegei and Stephen Kiprotich will lead a strong Ugandan team of 22 to the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 that start in Doha on Friday.

Kiprotich returns for his third World Athletics Championships marathon – an event at which he stormed to Gold in Moscow in 2013. This was a year after becoming the first Ugandan to win Olympic Gold since John Akii Bua, at London 2012.

Uganda’s best bet for a medal however is in 23-year-old Cheptegei who will this time focus on one race, unlike the two he aimed for at the last championships in London 2017.

Cheptegei has had a fine build up to the event, having been crowned World Cross Country champion early this year, which he followed up last month with victory in the 5,000m final of the Diamond League in Zurich.

The venue, Khalifa International Stadium. A cooling technology that will keep the field to an optimum 26oC year-round, using 40% less energy than conventional stadium cooling tech, was installed. The technology distributes cooled air with the aim of cooling spectator stands, the field and decreasing the amount of hot air entering the stadium through its open roof.

The Ugandan ace came second behind legend Mo Farah in London in 2017 (video bottom), and will be the favourite for gold in the absence of the 36-year-old who has turned his attention to marathons.

Diamond League win

In the Diamond League in Zurich last month, Cheptegei made it look easy, speeding off from the start to beat the tape in a new personal best of 12.57.41 to win a Diamond Trophy at the $50,000 (Sh184 million) prize that goes along with it.

For the first time in the 10-year history of the Diamond League (DL), the finals took place before the World Championships, which means that all 16 DL events were serving as de facto World Championship previews before the real thing goes down in Doha.

Cheptegei said as much, saying his victory was the perfect warm-up for Doha.

“If I go fast, I go fast. On the last lap I thought that I can win the race. I was expecting to win. I believe in myself and this victory gives me even more confidence,” Cheptegei said.

“In Doha I will not compete in the 5k but the 10k. Winning the gold medal there would be special because I have never won a track gold at World Championships. I planned this race and I expected to win. I will train in the mountains of Uganda until Doha and the good thing is that my coach will be there, too.”

Kiprotich congratulates Cheptegei after the Uganda Cross Country championships in 2017.  PHOTO KAMPALAIAAF MEDIA

Eyes will also be on teenager Jacob Kiplimo, who came second behind Cheptegei at the World Cross Country.

Doha will be welcoming 205 countries and 3,500 athletes with approximately 10,000 international guests, 30,000 spectators from outside Qatar and more than 2,000 media personnel.

It will be the third biggest sporting event in the world, broadcast to more than 200 countries reaching out to more than 7 million viewers. In addition to that, the IAAF Congress Elections will take place in Doha.

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Ugandan team – Women (10)

400 Metres
Leni SHIDA
800 Metres

Halimah NAKAAYI
Winnie NANYONDO
1500 Metres
Esther CHEBET
Winnie NANYONDO
5000 Metres
Sarah CHELANGAT
10,000 Metres
Rachael Zena CHEBET
Juliet CHEKWEL
Stella CHESANG
Marathon
Linet Toroitich CHEBET
3000 Metres Steeplechase

Peruth Chemutai

Men (12)

1500 Metres
Ronald MUSAGALA
5000 Metres
Oscar CHELIMO
Stephen KISSA
10,000 Metres
Joshua CHEPTEGEI
Jacob KIPLIMO 1
Abdallah Kibet MANDE
Marathon
Stephen KIPROTICH
Fred MUSOBO
Solomon MUTAI
3000 Metres Steeplechase
Albert CHEMUTAI
Benjamin KIPLAGAT
Boniface Abel SIKOWO

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