Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei shifts focus to the Paris Olympics months after making his marathon debut in Valencia.
World record holder Joshua Cheptegei has shifted his sights back to the 10,000 meters targeting victory at the upcoming Paris Olympics.
This decision comes following a challenging experience in the Valencia Marathon last year, where Cheptegei finished in 37th place with a time of 2:08:59.
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Despite his numerous accolades, including world records in the 5km and 10km road races, Cheptegei sees room for one more crowning achievement.
"2024, it'll be 10 years running internationally," he shared, reflecting on a decade of high-level competition in an interview with World Athletics.
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"I'm still in love with the 10,000m, the special distance. I still want to go to Paris and win."
Cheptegei's resolve is not just about personal accolades but also about inspiring the next generation in Uganda.
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Eschewing the common practice among elite athletes of training abroad, Cheptegei is a stalwart advocating for home-grown preparation.
"I have always trained in Uganda, always and always," he asserts, aiming to demonstrate to young athletes that world-class success can be achieved without leaving their homeland.
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With three world titles in the 10,000m and a world cross-country title under his belt, Cheptegei's ambitions remain high as he aims to add an Olympic gold to his illustrious resume.
Only legends like Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie have achieved more in the 10,000m, with both securing multiple Olympic gold medals in the event.