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Joshua Cheptegei Secures Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification

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It was never in doubt that Joshua Cheptegei would secure a sport at the Paris 2024 Olympics in the 10,000m race. With a sound reminder that he is the fastest man in the world across this distance, and has mined all the gold 10km deep from the past three World Athletics Championships.

So what makes this Olympic qualification really special for Cheptegei?

Despite finishing second behind the Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha in the Laredo, Spain, Cheptegei expressed his happiness for hitting his initial target of 27:00 Olympic qualification mark, crossing the finish line at 26:53 on Sarturday.

This now presents him with a 3rd shot at an Olympic gold in the 10,000m which must be the missing piece in his glittering collection of accolades considering he has won everything there is to win but that!

At the last Olympics in Tokyo 2020, he was beaten to gold by the Ethiopian Selemon Barega and had to settle for silver with fellow countryman Jacob Kiplimo

taking bronze. More of a dissapointment for him than celebrations even though this was his maiden Olympic medal. He finished 6th in Rio Di Geneiro on his debut in 2016. Having made his marathon debut recently in Valencia, Cheptegei looks set to retire from track and shift focus to the road, implying that this might be his last chance to claim this medal.

With his Olympic qualification secured, Cheptegei now sets his sight on the upcoming World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, two weeks away from now.

Results

1 Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) 26:37

2 Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 26:53

3 Addisu Yihune (ETH) 27:28

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