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Cheptegei to skip Doha, eyes Oregon Diamond League

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s double gold medal winner at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has said he will take part in the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League slated for May 25-26 in Eugene, Oregon.

“My body will be in better shape for the Oregon event. I decided to skip the Doha Diamond League which I was originally meant to participate in on May 4th,” Cheptegi told URN.

The 21-year old star athlete said he is a little fatigued after the two races in Australia. ” I was meant to run one race at the Commonwealth Games and return early to prepare for Doha. But I was convinced to run in the 10,000m as well and good enough I won another gold medal. Now I need a rest,” added the 21-year old.

He will have the chance to renew his rivalry with Canada’s Ahmed Mohamed who finished second behind him in both the 5,000m and 10,000m final at the Commonwealth Games. The two will however compete in the 2 mile race as their preferred races will not be scheduled in Oregon.

Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi who picked a bronze medal in the 10,000m final at the Commonwealth Games together with Paul Chelimo(USA) will also compete in the same race.

The 2018 Diamond League meetings will be staged in Doha, Shanghai, Eugene, Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Lausanne, Rabat, Monaco, London, Birmingham, Zurich and Brussels.

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