Cheptegei not sure about 10,000m Commonwealth medal in Birmingham

Long distance star athlete Joshua Cheptegei is not sure whether he will defend his 10,000m Commonwealth medal in Birmingham next week.

While addressing the media on Tuesday night at Entebbe International Airport, Cheptegei said because of a slight injury he is nursing, he is not able to confirm at the moment if he will participate in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

He is expected to defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the Games, having clinched double gold in the 2018 edition held in Gold Coast, Australia.

Cheptegei says he is hungry for the gold medals. He however says even if he does not participate in the games, he is confident that Team Uganda athletes participating from July 28 to August 8 will win medals.

He made the statement on Tuesday upon his return from the World Athletics Championships at Oregon in the United States of America.

The aircraft landed after 11pm. David Katende, the Assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Sports on behalf of government and Dominic Otuchet the President of Uganda Athletics Federation led the delegation that received Cheptegei at the airport.

Cheptegei sustained a tendon injury after participating in the 5000m heats in Oregon.

The injury, according to the head coach of the Uganda Police Athletics club Benjamin Njia made it hard for Cheptegei to clinch a second gold medal, having won the 10,000m race earlier on.


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