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.
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
10, 000m (Men’s final) – Joshua
Cheptegei, Timothy Toroitich,Martin Kurung(11.20pm)
SATURDAY – AUGUST 5
800m (Men’s heats) – Abu Mayanja
1500m (women’s semis) 9.35pm
SUNDAY – AUGUST 6
3000mSC (men’s heats) – Jacob
Araptany, Boniface Sikowo, Albert
Men’s Marathon final – Solomon Mutai,
Robert Chemonges, Alex Chesakit
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
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