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Cheptegei out of the season with injury

Joshua Cheptegei’s double gold from the Commonwealth Games in April earned the country pride but the success came at a huge cost.

Having won the 5000m and 10000m which fetched him Shs50m from National Council of Sports, Cheptegei is now set to miss the rest of the track season after picking up an injury in the right knee.
“It is painful,” Cheptegei told Daily Monitor early this week. “I did some light work but now it is very serious,” he explained.
The 21-year-old missed the IAAF Eugene Diamond League in Oregon, USA at the weekend where teenager Jacob Kiplimo came 11th in the men’s 2-mile race at the Hayward Field.
It is the second Diamond League event Cheptegei has missed this season after opting out of Doha on May 4.​
This paper understands that Cheptegei would probably not have been down had nhe ot run the 10000m in Australia. “Yes,” he concurred.

‘Persuaded by UAF’
But after he won the 5000m at the Carrara Stadium, he was supposed to leave Australia after for his own personal training but he was persuaded by Uganda Athletics Federation to complete the long-distance double.
“When I did the 5000m, it (knee) was okay for me. But when I did the 10000m, it got worse.”
The 2017 World 10000m silver medallist is more bothered sitting out ahead of the 2019 Doha World Championships.
“Now I cannot stand or sit for long. I am trying to heal and it’s not easy. I hope I can return later in the season for some road races.” Cheptegei added.
While Cheptegei is out, counterpart Albert Chemutai is back on track tonight for the 3000m steeplechase at the Rome Diamond League.
Sixth with a personal best of 8:18.80 in Doha, Chemutai is out for consistency and will aim to run the water-jump race a little quicker at the Stadio Olimpico. He is in a field of 20 with seven Kenyans, Doha winner Ethiopian Beyo Chala and Olympic bronze medallist Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad.

Cheptegei’s medals

2014 World University X-Country Gold
2014 World Junior 10000m Gold
2015 Africa 10000m Gold
2017 World 10000m Silver
2018 Commonwealth 5000m Gold
2018 Commonwealth 10000m Gold


Manangoi lives to expectation as he takes gold in 1500m race at Gold Coast

World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi lived to his expectation as led another 1-2 Kenya finish at the Commonwealth Games that was held on early Saturday morning at the Carrara Stadium on Saturday.

Manangoi led his training and club mate Timothy Cheruiyot when they took both gold and silver in 3:34.78 and 3:35.17 respectively.

Scotlands Jake Wightman closed the podium three slots when he crossed the in 3:35.97.

Hughes disqualified after winning 200m gold

On a dramatic night at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, it was a mixed night for the home nations, as England’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified after initially winning gold in the men’s 200m final.

Winning the race after a strong bend, Hughes began to tie up on the home straight and as Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards began to chase him down, the two were involved in a clash of arms approaching the finish line as both men stumbled over the line.

With both men clocking 20.12, Hughes was initially awarded the gold medal but as replays showed Hughes impeded his competitor as they vied for the line, Hughes was subsequently penalised and disqualified for infringement.

Desperately for Hughes, The Anguillan-born athlete was already on his lap of honour when he was informed of the official’s swift decision to DQ him, as Hughes went off the track in search of answers. An appeal was lodged by Team England but was unsuccessful as the result stood.

Hughes’ loss however was Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid‘s gain being promoted from fourth place behind Canada’s Aaron Brown, with the athlete who has declared himself to compete for Ireland but is yet to receive his papers to compete, walking away with a surprise bronze.

source: britwatchsports.com

Seb Coe: Jake Wightman can double up like me

SEB Coe knows a thing or two about doubling up in the 800m and 1500m at a major championships. But even he knows there are no foolproof plans when it comes to the sharp end of middle-distance racing.

No sooner had the IAAF President passed on his advice to Scotland’s Jake Wightman ahead of tonight’s Commonwealth 800m final at the Carrara Stadium than the politician in him was inserting the small print.

“. . . But what do I know,” he said. “I’ve stuffed up a few 800 metres in my time.”

While he too has more pedigree in the 1500m, Wightman is doing well enough in 800m all by himself. Racing in the slowest, final heat, he put on the after burners to claim the second automatic qualifying spot in this lunchtime’s final, where he hopes to battle Botswana’s Nijel Amos, Australia’s Luke Matthews and a couple of handy Kenyans for a medal.

False modesty aside though, Coe – who took gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics – is in touch with Wightman often enough that the two men should perhaps consider setting up a

Whatsapp group.

A friend of his dad Geoff’s from their running days, Jake is a real student of the sport who grew up immersed in the Coe legend via his parents. He was delighted to receive a hand-written letter of congratulations from him after he became the first

British male winner of a Diamond League in the 1500m at last year’s Bislett Games in Oslo and there was even a comic exchange between the two when Wightman mistakenly thought that a text from the IAAF President was actually from an old university pal who was also called Seb.

For the record, the track legend’s advice to Wightman ahead of tonight’s Commonwealth 800m final is simple enough to be verging on the bleeding obvious.

Don’t get boxed in. And be prepared to think outside the box if things aren’t going the way you hoped they would.

“What is my advice to him?” said Coe. “Back his own instincts. Back his own judgment. It’s very difficult for someone sitting in the stands to make that judgment.

“But the golden rule in all these things is to focus all the time and keep your wits about you,” he added. “The number one rule, particularly in 800 because things happen really quickly, is always to have an exit strategy – just in case someone does something silly in front of you.

“If they do, does that leave you on the inside momentarily where the race has got away from you? So if in doubt always run clear and just don’t get caught on the inside.”

If the likes of Wightman are bringing the 800/1500 double back into fashion, Coe doesn’t see why it shouldn’t be achievable – even if the dynamics over racing over the shorter distance appear to be changing.

Where successful runners like himself would often leave their burst till the latter stages of a race, now

exponents often step on the gas from the outset. At least Wightman had the day off yesterday after a round of the 800m was dropped due to a lack of entrants.

“It is tough to double up,” said Coe of Wightman, the sole Scot surviving in this event after the elimination of

Guy Learmonth.

“He hasn’t doubled up that often before. The only observation I made was, as I found in LA when I doubled up and on other occasions, that getting some good 800 metres under your belt actually left you in good shape.

He’s a well-conditioned athlete so

actually, given his background as an athlete, that could be advantageous to him.

“I thought Jake looked really strong in his semi-final,” he added. “He didn’t put a foot wrong. The problem is the nature of the 800 metres has altered. I don’t think, if I’m being honest, it’s strictly an endurance event anymore.

“It gives the 400 metre chancers more of a chance. In the old days

you had four rounds in four days.

But actually the ability to last four rounds in four days also meant you probably had enough background to do the 1500 as well. Most of the 800 metres runners now are struggling beyond 800 metres and two yards.”

Watching him run in this manner over two laps with his preferred event still to come, there is a temptation to get carried away by the promise of Wightman. “Jake is making good progress,” continued Coe. “Remember he was the first British athlete in ten years to win a Diamond League. It prompted me to pen a piece of paper to him. Mind you, it had to be pen and paper because

I can’t type on a computer!”

Wightman, who also had Steve Ovett’s son Freddy staying with him, has no shortage of belief in his own ability. “I’m here to get a medal,” he said. “No matter what the event. The opportunity to have two is very exciting. But however the 800 goes, I’ve got to keep my focus for the 1500m.”

Whatever happens this lunchtime – flagbearer Eilidh Doyle has her date with destiny not long before – Wightman seems headed for great things and the Gold Coast might well be the next staging post on his progress.

It always helps when you have friends in high places to call upon.