Kiplimo, Cheptegei confirms their participation in Oslo, Norway Diamond League

Kiplimo, Cheptegei confirms their participation in Oslo, Norway Diamond League

Ugandan long distance runners Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo have announced their participation in the sixth Diamond League event in Oslo, Norway on May 30, 2024. They will compete in the 509 meter race, their final track event before focusing on the Paris Olympics in Hungary from August 1-11,2024.

Cheptegei and Kiplimo will face a strong competition from Ethiopia’s 10Km champion Salemon Barega, Yomif Kejelcha, Aregawe Berhe, Kenya’s Martin Kimeli, Top Kiprop and the United State’s Grand fisher. Currently in Norway, both athletes are training under their coaches’ guidance, aiming for better performance.

Cheptegei who recently posted third in the Los Angeles Continental Tour, told URN, that he prefers the middle scheduled Diamond League to concentrate on major events like the Olympics and world championships.

“I prefer racing in the middle-scheduled Diamond League to focus on major events, especially the Olympics,” Cheptegei said.

Kiplimo who was second in the 2023 Oslo Diamond League, stressed the importance of competing with top athletes from Kenya and Ethiopian to gauge his fitness.

“Most of my rivals are in this competitive league, so it was wise for me to participate,” Kiplimo said. Addy Ruiter, Cheptegei’s coach, noted that their training sessions are designed for peak performance at the Olympics.

“We design schedules for success in major world athletics competitions, and that’s what we’ve been doing,” Ruiter said. Lacopo Brassi, Kiplimo’s coach, expressed optimism about enhancing the World Half Marathon record holder’s performance for the August championships.

Brassi emphasized Kiplimo’s potential and endurance for the upcoming events. Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation, praised the management of both athletes, highlighting their critical role in Uganda’s anticipated success at the Paris Olympics.

He expressed confidence in Cheptegei and Kiplimo, noting their contribution to team spirit as they prepare for the World Championships.


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