Friday, August 14
*5000m – Joshua Cheptegei & Stephan Kissa
*1000m – Halima Nakaayi & Winnie Nanyondo
All eyes will be on Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei tonight at the Wanda Diamond League with the Herculis meet in Monaco, France.
Cheptegei has his work cut out when he gets on track for the 5000m – a World Record at stake.
The Kapchorwa-born’s target this year was to win an Olympic gold medal before the Covid19 pandemic hit, and now, he has shifted his goal posts.
He rarely disappoints, at least his records say so.
Cheptegei, the Diamond League Trophy winner, returns to Monaco where he broke the 5km road world record when he ran 12:51.
He will be hoping to repeat the same heroics on track as he sets sights on Kenenisa Bekele’s 12:37.35 world record which was set in 2014.
Cheptegei’s personal best in 5000m is 12:57.41 which he achieved last year in August in Zurich – This means that the Ugandan has to run 20 seconds faster than ever before!
Uganda’s Moses Ndiema Kipsiro ran 12;50.72 in September 2007 in Brussels.
“Beating a world record was extremely difficult but when you know the right method, then it becomes easier,” says Cheptegei.
“So the next challenge is to chase one or two more world records. I would be the happiest person in the world.”
During the lockdown, Cheptegei says that he did a little gardening with his grandparents in Kapchorwa, renovated his elementary school like painting the walls among other things.
Kenyan duo Jacob Krop and Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir and Henrik Ingerbrigtsen are among others to watch out for.