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Cheptegei Out to Defy Odds as Uganda Starts Medal Hunt in London

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Joshua Cheptegei in a previous event

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will have to forget his mishaps at the IAAF cross country championship at Kololo in March this year when he infamously staggered towards the finish line.

The 21 year old middle distance runner will get underway Uganda’s medal hunt at the IAAF World Athletics Championship at the Olympic stadium in Stratford on Friday.

However, Cheptegei will have to defy odds to finish within the medal bracket or attain the highest feat of clinching gold.

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In a race that has been dominated by Englishman Mo Farah, Cheptegei will have to run his very best to beat him to the finish line.

Farah is chasing an unprecedented record of 11 wins on home soil and cementing his dominance in the 5000 and 1000m races.

Besides, the records are not good enough for Cheptegei having to beat the jinx of becoming the first athlete to win a world championship medal on track.

The last athlete to attain the pride was Moses Kipsiro who won bronze in the 5000m in Osaka, Japan in 2007.

In the same race, Cheptegei will have compassion from fellow countrymen Timothy Toroitich and debutant Martin Kurong.

That Ugandan trio runs after Esther Chebet has opened the account amongst a strong field that has Dutch girl Sifan Hassan and Briton Laura Muir in Heat 2 of the women’s 1500m.

Competition times of Ugandan athletes at the IAAF World Athletics Championships

FRIDAY – AUGUST 4

1500m (Women’ heats) – Esther

Chebet (9.35pm)

10, 000m (Men’s final) – Joshua

Cheptegei, Timothy Toroitich,Martin Kurung(11.20pm)

SATURDAY – AUGUST 5

800m (Men’s heats) – Abu Mayanja

(2.45pm)

1500m (women’s semis) 9.35pm

SUNDAY – AUGUST 6

3000mSC (men’s heats) – Jacob

Araptany, Boniface Sikowo, Albert

Chemutai (12.05pm)

Men’s Marathon final – Solomon Mutai,

Robert Chemonges, Alex Chesakit

(12.55pm)

800m (men’s semis) 11.15pm

MONDAY – AUGUST 7

1500m (women’s final) 11.50pm

TUESDAY AUGUST 8

800m (men’s final) 11.35pm

WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 9

3000mSC (women’s heats) – Peruth

Chemutai (9.05pm)

5000m (men) – J.

Cheptegei, J. Kiplimo, S. Kissa (10.05pm)

THURSDAY – AUGUST 10

5000m (women’s heats) Mercyline

Chelangat, Stella Chesang (8.30pm)

800m (women’s heats) Halima Nakaayi,

Winnie Nanyondo, Dorcus Ajok (9.25pm)

1500m (men) R. Musagala (10.25pm)

FRIDAY AUGUST 11

800m (women’s semis) 9.35pm

3000mSC (women’s final) 11.25pm

SATURDAY AUGUST 12

5000m (men’s final) 10.20pm

SUNDAY AUGUST 13

800m (women’s final) 10.10pm

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