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Uganda’s Cheptegei misses medal, finishes 8th in 5,000m final

Britain's Mo Farah (R) shakes hands with Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei after they competed in the Men's 5000m Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI
Britain’s Mo Farah (R) shakes hands with Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei in an earlier race.  AFP PHOTO

Saturday
Men’s 1500m final – Musagala finished 11th

Men’s 5000m final – Cheptegei 8th

Sunday 

Men’s Marathon final 3.30pm

Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich

Joshua Cheptegei run the race of his life in the 5000m final, but it was not enough as he finished 8th in a race won by Mo Farah. There were initially three disqualifications, which pushed the Ugandan from 9th to 6th -pending an appeal by American Paul Chelimo whose silver medal had been taken away.

Officials finally reinstated two of the three disqualified, putting Cheptegei in 8th.

Cheptegei was among the leaders until the final 400 meters where he failed to match the pace, finishing in 13:09.17. His best time in the 5000m 13:00.60.

Uganda has been in the final of this race for the past two games, with Moses Kipsiro finishing 4th in Beijing and 15th in London.

Winner of the race Saturday night was Britain’s Mo Farah who became the first man since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles.

After retaining the 10,000m title last week, Farah produced an exemplary race to win a second 5km gold in 13min 03.30sec.

REVISED RESULT

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL
1 2452 Mohamed FARAHGBR 13:03.30
2 3057 Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA 13:03.90 PB
3 2396 Hagos GEBRHIWETETH 13:04.35
4 2188 Mohammed AHMEDCAN 13:05.94
5 3085 Bernard LAGATUSA 13:06.78 SB
6 2444 Andrew BUTCHARTGBR 13:08.61 PB
7 2175 Albert Kibichii ROPBRN 13:08.79
8 3015 Joshua Kiprui CHEPTEGEIUGA 13:09.17
9 2162 Birhanu BALEWBRN 13:09.26 PB
10 2343 Abrar OSMANERI 13:09.56
11 3089 Hassan MEADUSA 13:09.81
12 2395 Dejen GEBREMESKELETH 13:15.91
13 2896 Elroy GELANTRSA 13:17.47
14 2048 Brett ROBINSONAUS 13:32.30
15 2825 David TORRENCEPER 13:43.12
2393 Muktar EDRISETH DQ R 163.3b


Sunday 

Men’s Marathon final 3.30pm

Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich

The Ugandan team in Rio is in exactly the same position they were at the last Olympic Games – one day to the closing ceremony, no medal won.

Like at the last games, everyone else in team Uganda had simply participated and it had been left to the track and field team to compete. History is repeating itself, with the athletics long distance races the last hope the country is holding onto for glory of any kind.

The onus now moves from the nineteen-year-old 5,000m runner Joshua Cheptegei to the Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, 27, and his marathon team, to change that. The two races will be just 12 hours apart.

Like at London 2012, Kiprotich could be the throw of the last dice only that this time he will not have the surprise element. The surprise element could actually come from his colleagues in that race Solomon Mutai and Jackson Kiprop.


 

Mutai and Kiprotich will be the last Ugandans in action Sunday. Uganda is yet to win a medal. PHOTO IAAF

Mutai and Kiprotich will be the last Ugandans in action Sunday. Uganda is yet to win a medal. PHOTO IAAF

The Marathon on last day

Uganda will field its most experienced team when the marathon starts, 12 hours after Cheptegei’s race.

The trio of Kiprotich, Kiprop and Mutai have competed at the very top level for the last five years.

Kiprotich has since London 2012 added the 2013 world title to his accolades, while Mutai snatched bronze at the last world championships in Beijing.

Kiprop on the other hand has finished 10th in the last two world championships.

Favourite in the marathon is Kiprotich’s training partner Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge is chasing the final piece of his Olympic medal collection at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Kipchoge has a 5000m silver medal from Beijing 2008 and a bronze in the same event at Athens 2004. He missed selection for London 2012 and then made the switch to marathon. He has been the outstanding road runner since then.

Uganda’s record in the Olympics

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Australia 1956 Melbourne 0 0 0 0
Italy 1960 Rome 0 0 0 0
Japan 1964 Tokyo 0 0 0 0
Mexico 1968 Mexico City 0 1 1 2
West Germany 1972 Munich 1 1 0 2
Canada 1976 Montreal did not participate
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow 0 1 0 1
United States 1984 Los Angeles 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1988 Seoul 0 0 0 0
Spain 1992 Barcelona 0 0 0 0
United States 1996 Atlanta 0 0 1 1
Australia 2000 Sydney 0 0 0 0
Greece 2004 Athens 0 0 0 0
China 2008 Beijing 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 2012 London 1 0 0 1
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 0 0 0 0
Japan 2020 Tokyo future event
Total 2 3 2 7

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 2 0 1 3
Boxing 0 3 1 4
Total 2 3 2 7

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Eridadi Mukwanga Mexico 1968 Mexico City Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men’s bantamweight
 Bronze Leo Rwabwogo Mexico 1968 Mexico City Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men’s flyweight
 Gold John Akii-Bua West Germany 1972 Munich Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men’s 400 metre hurdles
 Silver Leo Rwabwogo West Germany 1972 Munich Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men’s flyweight
 Silver John Mugabi Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men’s welterweight
 Bronze Davis Kamoga United States 1996 Atlanta Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men’s 400 metres
 Gold Stephen Kiprotich United Kingdom 2012 London Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men’s marathon

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