Uganda's 10,000-metre silver medalist at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London, Joshua Cheptegei, wants more in the 5,000 metres, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.
Beating Mo Farah is the main motivation an upcoming athlete like Joshua Cheptegei would have.
And last Friday, it was evident, when Cheptegei gave the 10-time champion real challenge in the homestretch, but only to finish second.
By winning his first world championship medal, Cheptegei has not only exorcised the demons that failed him in March during the IAAF World Cross Country championship but also confirms his desire to be the best in the world.
It was his second time at the world championship, the previous one being in 2015 in Beijing, where he finished ninth. Team Uganda’s coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe said Cheptegei is now looking to beat the field in the 5,000 metres this week:
“We know that Cheptegei is a good runner, and nothing should stop him realizing his dream of being the best in the world. We have now laid strategy on how to ensure Cheptegei does well in the 5,000 metres too.”
This silver medal is a mark of Cheptegei’s progression from 2014 when he won gold at the World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA. He won the Africa Junior Championship gold in Ethiopia in 2015 and finished sixth and eighth in the 10,000 and 5,000 metres respectively at the Olympics last year.