Cheptegei, Chelimo pursue Uganda's next medal in 5000m

Cheptegei in action in Budapest. (Cheptegei Twitter).

ATHLETICS Cheptegei, Chelimo pursue Uganda's next medal in 5000m

Moses King 15:39 - 23.08.2023

In the 2023 World Championships in Budapest on August 24, three-time 10,000m world champion Joshua Cheptegei and 2022 World bronze medalist Oscar Chelimo are set to compete in the 5,000m heats.

Anticipation is mounting as the 5,000m heats pave the way for a riveting showdown among a constellation of elite track athletes during the grand finale, slated for three days later.

Buoyed by his recent successful defence of the 10,000m title for the third consecutive time, Cheptegei exudes confidence as he prepares for his second event in Budapest.

Joshua Cheptegei celebrates his victory in the 10000m race at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungayr | Photo Credit: IMAGO / Chai v.d. Laage

Renowned Ugandan track figure Cheptegei aspires to overcome the adversity he faced in Oregon during the 5000m finals, where an injury hampered his performance. Relegating him to ninth place despite his early dominance through the eighth lap.

Subsequent to his injury setback, Cheptegei only managed to secure his first victory in Budapest in the 10,000m finals.

In Eugene's Hayward Field, Norwegian athlete Jakob Ingebrigtsen clinched victory with a time of 13:09.24. Kenya's Jacob Krop secured silver in 13:09.98. A remarkable surprise was Uganda's Chelimo, who dazzled with a triumphant victory lap and claimed bronze with a time of 13:10.20.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen

Ingebrigtsen is poised to be a formidable contender pursuing a consecutive victory in the grand finale scheduled for Sunday, August 27.

Oscar Chelimo was Uganda's track revelation in Oregon winning world championships Bronze medal.

Simultaneously, Ethiopia's Berihu Aregawi seeks redemption by aiming for a podium finish in Budapest after narrowly missing out on a medal, landing in fourth place in the 10,000m finals.

Joshua Cheptegei chases Ethiopia's Aregawi in the Lausanne Diamond League 5000m race home-stretch , June 30. World Athletics

The first heat will showcase Cheptegei, the world record holder in the 5,000m distance with a time of 12:35.36, alongside 21 other top athletes vying for eight available positions.

Among the prominent contenders in this heat are Kenya's Nicholas Kipkoris, USA's Paul Chelimo, Ingebrigtsen, and Spain's Mohamed Katir. 

In heat two, Uganda's 2022 revelation Chelimo will battle against 21 elite competitors, including Aregawi, who boasts a world-leading time of 12:40.45, along with compatriot Yomif Kejelcha and Kenya's Jacob Krop, among others.