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Rogers Kibet warms up for Budapest

Rogers Kibet’s progress always motivates his coach Addy Ruiter. The teenage long-distance runner is looking to make a strong start in the seniors’ ranks this year after beginning well.

Kibet began 2023 by posting a time of 27 minutes and seven seconds in sixth place at the Valencia Ibercaja 10K in Spain at the weekend.

By dipping under 27:10 on Sunday, the time ensured that Kibet, 19, qualified for the World Athletics Championships set to be held in Budapest, Hungary in August.

“We organized this race for him because we knew that he was capable of running this time. I am very happy for him,” said Kibet’s coach Ruiter.

Kibet looks to be in form. Back in November, he won the famous Seven Hills Runs 15K in Nijmegen, Netherlands to add to his respectable third place finish at the Cardiff Cross Challenge in Wales back in October.

The teenager had also twice finished fifth in the 3000m and 5000m finals at the World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia five months ago.

By qualifying for Budapest, Kibet stands a chance to be among four Ugandan men who will run the 10000m final at the National Athletics Centre. That’s considering that Joshua Cheptegei is the reigning champion and has a wild card entry.

“So there is a big chance that he will make his debut at the World Championships on senior level in his first year as a senior,” Ruiter stated.

Kibet however is pleased that he can now prepare for next month’s World Cross-country Championships set for Bathurst, Australia with confidence.

“He is a talented athlete and there is still a lot of room for improvement,” the Dutch tactician added.

Similarly in the women’s race, Sarah Chelangat beat the Budapest qualifying mark of 30:40 by 16 seconds with 30:24 in fourth place.

Then 2018 Commonwealth 10000m champion Stella Chesang, who won the National Cross-country Championships in Tororo early last month, was ninth in that race with 31:33.

Joshua Cheptegei fails to break two records in Madrid

Olympic 5000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei failed to live to his expectations of breaking two records at the 58th edition of the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km Road Race held on the New Year eve in Madrid, Spain.

Cheptegei who holds the World record in the 5000m and 10000m failed his two attempts of lowering his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo’s course record of 26:39 that he set in 2018, who broke the previous record of twelve years set by the World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge and the two years 10km World record of 26:24 set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto.

The 26 year-old who is also the double World 10,000m champion, failed to break the records but managed to beat the defending champion, the World 1500m bronze medallist Mohammed Katir.

Cheptegei who is also the 2019 World Cross Country champion, arrived in Madrid after overcoming an injury that has kept him from competing much this year, led Katir by ten seconds, who kept up with the pace set by the Ugandan until the last 2km and was unable to revalidate last year’s victory, allowing the Ugandan to cut the tape first in 27:09 with Katir coming home in second place ten seconds later in a new personal best.

Jesus Ramos closed the podium three finishes in 27:52.



  1. Joshua Cheptegei     (UGA) 27:09
  2. Mohamed Katir         (SPN) 27:19
  3. Jesus Ramos              (SPN) 27:52
  4. Sergio Escobar          (SPN) 28:00
  5. Aaron Ruperez         (SPN) 28:04

Joshua Cheptegei targets Rhonex Kipruto’s World 10K record in Spain

The reigning Olympic 5000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei will target to break the World 10k record at the 58th edition of the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km Road Race that will be held on Saturday (31) in Madrid, Spain.

Cheptegei who holds the World record in the 5000m and 10000m will first attempt to lower his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo’s course record of 26:39 that he set in 2018.

The 26 year-old who is also the double World 10,000m champion, will be chasing to smash the two years 10km World record of 26:24 which was set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto in Valencia, Spain.

The 2019 World Cross Country champion will face off with the World 1500m bronze medallist Mohammed Katir who is also the race defending champion.

Museveni gifts Victor Kiplangat car, gives athletes Shs300m

Victor Kiplangat who opened Uganda’s account in Birmingham by comfortably winning the men’s 42km marathon gold received a brand new Renault Koleos from Museveni at the end of the event.

Top sportsmen in the country are in a delightful mood after receiving about Shs300m in prize money for their 2022 stand-out performances from President Yoweri Museveni via a luncheon at State House Entebbe on Thursday.

Museveni majorly cherished the silverware from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in England where the government facilitated a contingent of 72 athletes to return five medals.

“I congratulate those who won medals,” said Museveni. Uganda also won three medals from 17 athletes at the Oregon World Athletics Championships in the USA and nine medals from 42 competitors at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey.

“I also congratulate those who participated even if they didn’t win anything,” Museveni noted. “What we are doing now is just jalibu (a sample),” said the man who often says he once played cricket and football back in his heyday.

Museveni however said that if he got homes out of moneyless-ness through the Parish Development Model, the results will trickle to this sub-sector. “You’ll see how that will impact sports,” he said, referring to children getting better nutrition to be able to compete.

Victor Kiplangat who opened Uganda’s account in Birmingham by comfortably winning the men’s 42km marathon gold received a brand new Renault Koleos from Museveni at the end of the event.

“I am humbled,” Kiplangat told this paper in front of the State House, moments after checking his new black car.

It’s also right to note that Kiplangat’s first-ever car came from the President. “I am very happy,” said the man who debuted with the 2021 Istanbul Marathon victory in Turkey.

“This is my first car; this is what I had wanted. At first, I saw we were not being told anything (about a meeting with the President) so I thought I was not going to get anything.

“But now, this car is going to help me a lot, especially going for training in Ngenge (in Kapchorwa) which is a very hilly place,” he added.

Kiplangat also pocketed Shs50m for the triumph but his brother Jacob Kiplimo scooped Shs100m for his 5000m and 10000m double victory at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Kiplimo is the third Ugandan in history to achieve that double feat after Moses Kipsiro at the New Delhi 2010 Games in India and Joshua Cheptegei at the Gold Coast 2018 Games in Australia.

Steeplechase bronze medallist Peruth Chemutai got Shs20m while Teddy Nakimuli, who didn’t break sweat to reach the light flyweight medal bracket, got Shs20m too.

Joshua Cheptegei withdraws from Great North Run

The reigning World 10,000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei has withdrawn from the 41st edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (11) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 25 year-old has been battling with a calf and hamstring injury he suffered while competing in the 5,000m final in Oregon, where he finished a distant ninth.

Cheptegei made the announcement through his social media handle, “It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from Sunday’s Great North Run. I was really looking forward competing in this historic race, but an injury won’t allow me to compete. I look forward to compete there in the future.”

The World Cross Country champion was to face-off with his compatriot the World Half Marathon record holder, Jacob Kiplimo, a man who duly stepped in his shoes in Birmingham and ensured that Uganda retained the Commonwealth Games title.

The Great North Run was cancelled in 2020 but returned to its usual slot in the sporting calendar last year, where it will remain for the foreseeable future.


Selemon Barega tops in 10,000m race at Ethiopian Trials

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega defeated a strong deep elite field in the 10,000m race at the Ethiopian Trials held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 21 year-old who moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, was too swift as he took on a more experienced field that included the 2019 World silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 26:49.34 that he got in Doha, the current world record holder in the 5km road race, Berihu Aregawi and the World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku.

Barega who is the fifth fastest runner in the 5000m race (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 managed to hold the four top notch athletes from his country to cross the line a new personal best of 26:44.73 with Worku coming home in second also in a personal best of 26:45.91.

The 2018 World Junior bronze medallist, came home in third in a personal best of 26:46.13.

Kejelcha, who is a two time world Indoor champion, was forced to finish outside the podium in a season best of 26:49.39 with Milkesa Mengesha finishing in fifth place in a personal best of 27:00.24.


10,000M MEN

  1. Selemon Barega     (ETH) 26:44.73 PB
  2. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 26:45.91 PB
  3. Berihu Aregawi       (ETH) 26:46.13 PB
  4. Yomif Kejelcha       (ETH) 26:49.39 SB
  5. Milkesa Mengesha  (ETH) 27:00.24 PB

Joshua Cheptegei to identify and support athletes

In a bid to break barriers that deter athletes from fulfilling their potential in Sebei sub region, the World and Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei, under the Joshua Cheptegei Foundation will seek to identify, nurture and groom talent at grass root level to further enhance and support talent in the region.

On March 12, at the Chemwania Sports Complex, the 25-year-old under the his foundation organised the first edition of track and field events in Kween District  which attracted athletes from Bukwo and Kapchorwa with a promise to support the top performers.

The athletes who were between the ages of 13 to 17 years participated in categories of including 100m,200m,400m,600m,1500m, 3000m and relays among others.  The event attracted over 400 athletes from over 15 clubs both national and local clubs namely, Joshua Cheptegei Athletics Club, Police, Global Sports and Tuku Africa.

In December, the foundation organised the annual Christmas Run which also attracted over 800 runners and winners walked away with scholarships to join Joshua Cheptegei Junior School.

Cheptegei says the major objective of this is to help under privileged talented athletes in the region to become world champions and also ensure continuity when he phases out.

“We thought of having an avenue where we can be able to nurture talent because we really want to have a new generation of sports men and champions who can be able to represent the nation when we phase out,” said Cheptegei.

Selemon Barega to battle title holder Berihu Aregawi In Rome

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will take on Diamond Trophy holder Berihu Aregawi in a deep elite field in the 5000m race at the fifth leg of Diamond League meeting that will be on 9th June 2022 in Rome, Italy.

Barega who is the fifth fastest runner (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 that he got when winning the 2018 Diamond Trophy in Brussels four years ago.

The 22 year-old is a two-time 3000m World Indoor Championship medallist, taking a silver in 2018, and a gold in 2022 in Belgrade, will take on his compatriot, Aregawi who is reigning Diamond League champion.

Aregawi is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000m silver medallist and he is also the bronze medalist in the 10000m race at the 2018 World Athletics U20 Champion.

The 21 year-old set the fifth fastest time of 7:26.20 in 3000m history at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe which was the first of this season’s seven World Indoor Tour Gold meetings.

Barega and Aregawi will be joined by the double World 5000m Champiom, Muktar Edris and Yomif Kejelcha, who claimed the Diamond League title in 2015 and set a 3000m Diamond League record of 7:26.25 in Oslo last year.

That time bettered the previous series record of 7:26.64 that had been set by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo a year earlier in the same city.

Yomif Kejecha runs the World third fastest time at Road to Records

The 2019 World silver medallist, Yomif Kejecha took the honors in men’s’ 5km race with the third fastest time ever at the Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 24 year-old who came to this race with a World mile record of 3:31.51 that he set in 2019 in Boston was on another level after a series of injury that have kept him out for sometime but proved that he is back in shape as he thrashed a strong field that included Olympic fourth finisher in 5000m, Nicholas Kimeli.

The 2016 World Indoor 3000m champion was too good for the Kenyan as he accelerated his speed with 300m remaining to cut the tape in a World leading time and a new personal best of 0.12:53 with the latter coming home in second three seconds later.

Only the World record holder Berihu Aregawi and Joshua Cheptegei have gone faster over 5km than Kejelcha.

Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew wrote history as he finished third with a new National Record of 0:13:07.


Uganda Athletics Federation bans Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo and 62 others

Double Olympic champion Joshua Cheptegei and World Half Marathon record holder, Jacob Kiplimo are among the athletes that have been banned by the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF).

The ban which has been received as shock to the nation has affected a total of 65 athletes including some top names from established clubs.

The ban that was announced on Saturday was sanctioned on grounds of failure to surface for requisite trials and other related misconducts.

While speaking to the New Vision Sports, UAF director of competitions, Faustino Kiwa  said, “These are athletes who either failed to compete after registration for the ongoing national trials.

“Some of the athletes affected registered twice and failed to turn up for the last two trials,” Kiwa revealed.

Kiwa who doubles as a qualified coach advanced said, “The reason we decided to start suspending athletes is that; failure to turn up even after registration messes up with the start-list.”

The list of those suspended includes; UPDF’s Rebecca Cheptegei, Prison’s Philip Kiplimo, Allan Kiprotich of Arise and Shine club, Brenda Aciro ((UPA), and Victor Kwemoi of Uganda Police.

Prisons Geofrey Nyeko, Zamura Chebet, and Philip Kiplimo are banned.

Police Geofrey Onen, Victor Kwemoi, and Elisha Chemutai will not run again until the next two trials are over.

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