FILE PHOTO: Mutai (left) will lead Team Uganda in the absence of former World Champion Kiprotich who pulled out. PHOTO IAAF
3000m SC heats
- Jacob Araptany – 3000mSC (6th heat 1 in 8:25.86 – into Tuesday final)
- Boniface Sikowo – 3000mSC (13th in heat 3 in 8:43.86)
- Albert Chemutai – 3000mSC (5th heat 2 in 8:23.18PB – into Tuesday final)
- Solomon Mutai – 11th in 2:13:29
- Robert Chemonges – 43rd in 2:21:24
Geoffrey Kirui has won the 2017 world men’s marathon title, extending Kenya’s record as the most successful nation in the history of this event at the IAAF Championships. He becomes Kenya’s fifth champion after winning a compelling duel with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola to finish on Tower Bridge in 2hr o8min 27sec.
Uganda’s Solomon Mutai finished 11th, and Robert Chemonges 43rd. They both finished outside the prize bracket, which is from position 1 to 8.
Ugandans return to action on Tuesday for the steeplechase final.
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London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The marathon has provided Uganda most medals at the World Championships – two out of the country’s five so far. Add the gold from the 2012 Olympics, and the 42.19 km event again becomes one of Uganda’s main medal hopes.
In the absence of former Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich, Team Uganda will be led by Solomon Mutai, bronze medalist at the Beijing Championships in 2015. Kiprotich’s preparations for London did not go to plan, so he pulled out.
The competition for places on Uganda’s marathon team is fierce these days, with up to seven athletes hitting the qualifying mark. Robert Chemonges and Alex Chesakit only got the nod after Kiprotich, and Moses Kipsiro opted out.
The biggest challenge to the Ugandas will again come from Ethiopia and Kenya.
Favourite is this year’s London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru from Kenya, who has run a 2:05:48 this season.
Another to look out for is Ethiopian Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola, who has clocked 2:04:11 this season , making him the fastest entrant for the World Championships.
Tola will be joined on the Ethiopian team by Tsegaye Mekonnen, a 22-year-old who has run 2:07:26 this year, and 32-year-old Yemane Tsegay, who has run 2:08:48 and has a pb of 2:04:48.
Uganda’s Mutai has a season best of 2:09:59, but has already proven he can produce results at championship level.
Uganda team to The World Championships
- Abu Mayanja – 800m
- Ronald Musagala – 1500m
- Jacob Araptany – 3000mSC
- Boniface Sikowo – 3000mSC
- Albert Chemutai – 3000mSC
- Stephen Kissa – 5000m
- Jacob Kiplimo – 5000m
- Joshua Cheptegei – 5000m/10000m
- Timothy Toroitich – 10,000m
- Solomon Mutai – Marathon
- Robert Chemonges – Marathon
- Chesakit Alex – Marathon
- Moses Martin Kurong – 10,000m
- Halima Nakaayi – 800m
- Winnie Nanyondo – 800m
- Dorcus Ajok – 800m
- Esther Chebet – 1500m
- Peruth Chemutai – 3000mSC
- Mercyline Chelangat – 5000m
- Stella Chesang – 5000m
- Juliet Chekwel – 10,000m
CHEPTEGEI: This was a great come back after the World cross country setback. People mocked, but GOD LOVED ME MOST! https://t.co/CrCakYjLGZ pic.twitter.com/3v1eDa6Lpk
— The Independent (@UGIndependent) August 5, 2017
FRIDAY 11.20PM: #Cheptegei has what it takes to be World Champion #london2017https://t.co/wY3jq3jIPG pic.twitter.com/1MVZISJpfx
— Louis Jadwong (@Jadwong) August 4, 2017
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