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Cheptegei withdraws from 5000m race

By James Bakama

Added 9th August 2017 07:15 PM

Cheptegei gave eventual champion Farah a stiff challenge in the 10,000m.

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Cheptegei gave eventual champion Farah a stiff challenge in the 10,000m.

 Team Uganda visits Uganda House in London. PHOTO: James Bakama

Today, 10:05pm
Men's 5000m heats

British superstar Mo Farah will have few worries as he starts his quest for another gold medal in the World Athletics Championships tonight.

This follows the withdrwal of Ugandan star Joshua Cheptegei from the 5000m. Cheptegei, who got Ugandan off to a flying start with silver in the 10,000m, withdrew from the 5000m heats after being spiked in the earlier race.

"It is a big blow. We were looking foward to round two of the Cheptegei versus Farah battle," stated coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe.

"He had to pull out because he was injured. He was spiked in the 10,000m final," explained Ahimbisibwe.

Cheptegei gave eventual champion Farah a stiff challenge in what the multiple world and Olympic champion described as his toughest final ever.

Farah was also spiked in the same race but recovered. The Briton however twice stepped off track that night and a complaint by Uganda could have had the gold going to Cheptegei.

This leaves team captain Stephen Kissa and world cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo as Uganda's flag bearers in tonight's 5000m.

Farah is in the same heat with Kiplimo. The first five in each of the two heats and the next five fastest finishers will qualify for saturday's final.

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