Joshua Cheptegei

Uganda long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei can’t wait to race at the 10,000m Tokyo Olympics event this year.

The 24-year-old currently owns the World Record over the same distance, having broken it last year in Valencia.

He ran 26:11.00 on 7 October 2020, improving on Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.

Joshua Cheptegei Credit: NN Running Team

The Olympics will begin on July 23 and Chepetegi is bound to battle four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Following the postponement of the games, the men’s 10,000m race was rescheduled to take place on Friday July 30, 2021.

Speaking ahead of the day, Cheptegei is relishing the opportunity to show the World how good he is.

“Today marks 100 days until the start of the 10,000m at the Olympics in Tokyo,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

He added; “I’m really looking forward to this big goal, we will keep working hard in the next months to make Uganda proud  #silverback gorilla.”

Cheptegei has collected 10,000m gold at 2014 World Junior Championships, 2015 African Junior Championships, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Doha World Championships and silver at the 2017 World Championships.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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