The two athletes will also be aiming for first and second place. This is also their last shot at winning a medal at the Olympics this year.
The only difference today is the distance of the races. However, just like the previous race, today’s is also happening on a Friday.
A week ago, the 10,000m race happened expected a 1-2 finish even h=though it ended 2-3. Today is the 5000m race and Ugandans have the same 1-2 finish expectations but will the athletes be able to do it?
‘’The 500m race requires high speed compared to 10,000m and we have already agreed on the strategy. Checked on the boys’ confidence and it is very okay and ready to go,’’ said Coach Benjamin Njia.
Pressure or not, this is the time the two athletes attack the task ahead knowing this is their last chance to live up to their expectations.
This is also their last chance for either of them to add an Olympic medal in the Ugandan cabinet.
‘’I am happy, I already have an Olympic medal. I came here with the hope of winning a gold medal and I am going to do my best,’’ Cheptegei said.
Kiplimo said he is looking forward to improving on what he has already achieved.
When it comes to pure speed, Cheptegei, the world record holder over the 5,000m race tops the list with his 12:35.36.
He clocked this time in Monaco last year and this makes him the World’s favorite to win his first Olympic gold medal.
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