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Cheptegei’s Coach Expresses Preparation Concerns

Joshua Cheptegei has not had enough preparations ahead of the 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships, according to his coach Addy Ruiter.

Cheptegei leads team Uganda at the championship in Gdynia, Poland, due this Saturday October 17, 2020.

Cheptegei will be making his debut appearance at the World Half Marathon.

Ruiter, however, expressed confidence in the Ugandan long distance runner who has broken three World Records from as many attempts this year.

The Championships was initially scheduled for March 29, 2020 but was postponed until October 17, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was sad they were forced to postpone the original race back in March because we had enjoyed the perfect preparation,” Ruiter told NN Running team website.

“In recent months, we have been preparing to run the 5000m and 10,000m world records, so this time has not been perfect preparation. But even without an ideal build up he (Cheptegei) is capable of winning the race.”

Since breaking the 10,000m in Valencia, Cheptegei has been training in Europe with with coach Ruiter and Ugandan compatriot Stephen Kissa.

The trio will join Team Uganda that left the country on Wednesday.

Golden Spike 5000m champion Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet, Moses Kibet are on the Men’s team while the Women’s has the 2018 Cardiff Commonwealth Half Marathon champion Juliet Chekwel, Doreen Chesang, Doreen Chemutai and Rachael Zena Chebet.

Coach Benjamin Njia is also part of the contingent as Uganda seek to end the year in style.

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