Uganda’s golden boy Joshua Cheptegei was at it yet again on Wednesday night as he was too good for his counterparts in the the 3000m race at the 60th Golden Spike Meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Ugandan poster-boy’s main goal going into the race the dark night of the steel heart was to better Daniel Komen’s world record of 7:20.67.
Under the guidance of pacing lights and a couple of pacesetters including Richard Douma from the Netherlands, the boy from Kapchorwa had the 25 year-old world record in sight. Another of his pacesetters was the 26 year-old Australian long distance runner Stewart Mc Sweyn.
However, much as he got golden honours on the day, his dream was to be postponed as his impressive 7:33:24 was good enough to set his personal best time over the distance. The 1000m star spent the least time on the track as compatriot Oscar Chelimo who came in third posting 7:43:00 to earn a podium finish.
Cheptegei left the Městský Stadium, Sweden with his head high, as he attained speed that will be instrumental in his assault for the 5000m and 10,000m gold at the Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics have been confirmed for July following postponement as the the novel corona virus scorched earth last year.
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The pearl of Africa used the Městský Stadium to cement the their position as a force to reckon with in the long distance races. As all the attention was on Cheptegei who headlined the event, his compatriot, Jacob Kiplimo was devastatingly fast in the men’s 10,000m race.
The 20 year-old flew at a stunning 6m/s finishing the race in 26:33:93 setting a new personal best. The soft-spoken youngster was surely happy with the race as he achieved his goal of finishing the race in under 27 minutes.