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Cheptegei to miss rest of season after undergoing knee surgery

By James Bakama

Added 22nd May 2018 12:19 PM

Asked whether he will be in shape for the next 5000m race in Stockholm on June 10 Cheptegei said he is not sure

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Asked whether he will be in shape for the next 5000m race in Stockholm on June 10 Cheptegei said he is not sure

Joshua Cheptegei’s historic run at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, came at a huge risk.

Uganda’s double gold medal star has revealed that he could be out for most of this year's athletics season due to a career threatening knee injury he worsened in Australia.

“I should not have run the 10,000 metres race,” explained Cheptegei yesterday adding “I worsened my injury by competing in that second final.”

Cheptegei returned on Monday from Holland where he underwent an operation.

Cheptegei, also a world 5000m silver medallist, won both the 5,000 and 10,000m races in Gold Coast.

His treatment came courtesy of his Dutch management company - Global Sports Communication.                                                                    

“I cannot tell when I will be back in action. For now all I can say is that I am still healing,” stated Cheptegei shortly after returning.

Two legs of the lucrative Diamond League have so far been held in Shanghai and Doha. A third leg is due in Eugene, Oregon this weekend.

Asked whether he will be in shape for the next 5000m race in Stockholm on June 10, Cheptegei said he is not sure.

The 14 leg competitions that draw track and field’s crème de la crème in various cities in Asia, Europe and USA conclude in August in Brussels.

The IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of athletics competitions. The series began in 2010.

It was designed to replace the IAAF Golden League, which had been held annually since 1998.

It encompasses 32 disciplines, following a championship style model where athletes earn points at the various meetings, to qualify for the final of their event.

Each discipline is staged six or four times before the final. At each of the qualification meetings, athletes are awarded points for ranking first to eighth respectively.

The cumulative winner of each discipline wins a $50,000 (sh185m) prize at the end of the season.

With two finals, each staging 16 diamond disciplines, the total prize money awarded amounts to $1.6m (sh5.9bn).

At each qualification meeting, $30,000 (sh111m) prize money is awarded per discipline.

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