Sarah Chelangat, Prisca Chesang take on 5000m heats

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ATHLETICS Sarah Chelangat, Prisca Chesang take on 5000m heats

Moses King 12:20 - 23.08.2023

On August 23rd at 8 pm in Budapest, the stage is set for Uganda's long-distance luminaries, Sarah Chelangat and Prisca Chesang, as they gear up to compete in the 5000m heats of the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Chelangat makes a compelling return to the track, having delivered an impressive performance in the women's 10,000m finals, clinching the tenth spot with a time of 31:40.04. The promising young talent, Chesang, joins her.

While grappling with the soaring temperatures of Budapest, the Ugandan athletes are confronted with formidable competition from the likes of Faith Kipyegon, the Dutch sensation Sifan Hassan – participating in her third event, and the reigning 10,000m champion, Gudaf Tsegay.

Netherlands' Sifan Hassan falls to hand Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay victory in the 10,000m | Photo Credit: Jewel SAMAD / AFP

This ensemble of top-tier athletes is poised to vie fiercely for the ultimate prize – the gold medal.

Tsegay, the reigning 5000m world champion from Ethiopia, harbours hopes of securing a double victory following her recent triumph in the 10,000m event.

Having surpassed Sifan to seize the 10,000m crown, Tsegay is determined to unsettle the Kenyan star Kipyegon – the record holder for the distance.

Sarah Chelangat finished tenth in 10,000m finals while Stella Chesang (L) finished 16th. Nicholas Bamulenzaki.

Kipyegon arrives on the scene fresh from her conquest of the 1500m gold medal, having also set three world records throughout the season.

Faith Kipyegon defended her 1500m crown

Meanwhile, Sifan is crafting her narrative of redemption, fueled by her determination to claim the gold.

Among the frontrunners in this intense competition are Letesenbet Gidey, the silver medalist in the 10,000m event, Kenya's Lilian Rengeruk, and Chelimo Kipkemboi.