Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo have joined Oscar Chelimo in the 5000m final at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The trio confirmed their fate after qualifying through the heats on Tuesday.
The final will be on Friday, August 6 at 3pm (Ugandan time) at the Tokyo Stadium at 3pm.
The first five in each heat and the next five fastest across both heats advanced to the much anticipated final.
Chelimo came fourth at the time of 13.39.04 in heat one which was won by Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli (13:38.87).
Cheptegei (13:30.40) and Kiplimo (13:30.61) both came fourth and fifth respectively in heat two.
The duo who won Uganda’s first medals at the ongoing games behind Selemon Barega in the 10,000m, looked to have reserved more energy for the final during Tuesday’s second heat.
Cheptegei holds the 5000m World Record (12:35.36) which he set at the Wanda Diamond League in Monaco on 14 August 2019 and will fancy his chances for his first Olympics gold.
Whether Chelimo will reprise Stephen Kissa’s role in the 10,000m during the 5000m final to let Cheptegei and Kiplimo pounce at the home stretch, remains to be seen.
Chelimo looked in good shape as he ran a well calculated race. He spent most time at the tail waiting patiently before going for the qualification places around the last 200m.