Athletics

Joshua Cheptegei Shifts focus to World Half Marathon

Fresh from setting a new 5000m World record in Monaco – France, Joshua Cheptegei has been named on the National team to boost the country’s onslaught for gold at the World Half Marathon Championships.

The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships-Gdynia is set for October 17th 2020 in the northern Polish Baltic coast City, Poland.

Cheptegei will lead the nine-team Ugandan squad and will be joined by recent Golden spike Champion and record holder Jacob Kiplimo, Stephen Kissa, Abel Chebet and Moses Kibet.

The four-member women’s team will be spearhead by Juliet Chekwel who will make her World Athletics Half Marathon Championships debut.

She made her first major appearance in 2018 at the Cardiff Commonwealth Half Marathon after clocking 1:09:45 at the distance.

She will lineup along Doreen Chesang, Doreen Chemutai, Rachel Zena Chebet, some of the country’s finest runners over the distance. The team will be accompanied by coach Benjamin Nija.

The Uganda Athletics Federation has named the county’s strongest team with a lot of hope carried on individual shoulders and team top honors.

Uganda last participated at the 2018 World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain with the Men’s team finishing 5th and Women’s team 16th position overall.

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