The Uganda’s World Junior championships, Joshua Cheptegei will aim for known other than the gold medal when the World Cross Country Championships are held in his home soil at the famous Kololo Independence Grounds on 26th March in Kampala, Uganda.
The 20 years old police officer told the press after winning the Uganda National Cross Country Championships that, “I can do it, the world cross country gold medal is within reach.
“We are the host and we have to prove our worthy when we tackle the world. Hosting such big event and we don’t showcase the better side of us will not be good.
The home support and my knowledge of the course, there can’t be a better moment for me to go for gold,” said cheptegei who is under the management of the Global Sports Communication.
There also can’t be a better moment to stop Ethiopia and Kenya’s dominance of the competition. Cheptegei first got a feel of the world meet in 2015. He finished eleventh, a place behind team-mate Fred Musobo, helping Uganda to a junior men’s bronze. He has since graduated to the senior men’s race in fast improving form.
The Ugandan National team is currently in camp at Kapchorwa under the guidance of the head coach Benjamin Longiross and being assisted by Gordon Ahimbisibwe, Francis Demayi and female coach Grace Chesang.
FULL UGANDAN TEAM
Joshua Cheptegei, Phillip Kipyeko, Abdallah Kibet Mande, Timothy Toroitich, Stephen Kiprotich, Stephen Kiisa, Fred Musobo & Mande Bushendich.
Mercyline Chelangat, Rachael Chebet, Dorcus Ajok, Doreen Chesang, Doreen Chemutai, Annet Chebet, Juliet Chekwel, Stella Chesang
Jacob Kiplimo, Titus Kwemoi, Victor Kiplangat, Elisha Chemutai, Kevin Kibet, Mathew Chepkrui, Anthony Ayeko and Abel Chebet
Peruth Chemutai, Janat Chemusto, Esther Chekwemoi, Sarah Chelangat, Scarlett Chemos, Adha Munguleya, Joy Cheptoek and Benna Sukuku