Rio Olympics: Araptany, Kiplagat in Action Today

Team Uganda is yet to win a single medal at the ongoing Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. And every passing day, sickness the number of participants continue to decrease failing to progress or win, generic the latest being Joshua Kiptegei who finished sixth in the 10,000m  finals a race won by Britain’s Mo Farah.

Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat will be in action on Monday in the heats of the 3000 metre steeplechase.

Kiplagat will come first in heat 1, lane 14 wearing jersey number 3016 at 4:25pm (local time) while Araptany will come later on in heat 3, lane 1 wearing jersey number 3014.

Kiplagat will face defending champion and two time Olympic medalist Ezekiel Kemboi and Ethiopia’s Amare Hailemariyan knowing that only the top three in each category/heat qualify for the finals.

On the other hand, Araptany will be up against another Kenyan, Kipruto Conseslus who has won all five IAAF diamond league competitions this year with a personal best (PB) of 8:00:02.

Kenya have dominated the 3000metre steeple chase for the last 36 years with gold medalists coming from no country other than Kenya.

Kemboi won the gold medal in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012 while fellow countryman Brimin Kipruto who will be in heat 2 won gold at Beijing Olympic games in 2008.

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