CHEPTEGEI VERSUS KENYANS
OVER the years this has seen some of the greatest quality Commonwealth races in history over three miles and 5000m, but this time the field looks a major disappointment with a lack of world stars and not a single British competitor.
The atmosphere should still be good with three reasonable quality Australians but none have the pedigree of Craig Mottram as in Melbourne in 2006 when he was second in the Games’ record run.
Therefore, at the business end of the race, this looks like it may be a straightforward Kenya versus Uganda shootout.
With a sub-13 5000m PB and a world championships silver medal over 10,000m, Joshua Cheptegei looks like he might have the edge over his Kenyan rivals who look particularly second division compared to the Keinos, Ronos and Choges of the past – but they do have time on their side.
African bronze medallist and teenager Nicholas Kipkorir has the fastest recent PB of 13:11 though the exciting talent here is the alleged 16-year-old Edward Zakayo who set a 24-second PB to win the trials in 13:24.08.
Relative oldie Dave Bett ran 13:06.06 back in 2010 but has not broken 13:20 since 2012.
Canada’s Somalian-born Mohammed Ahmed was a surprise fourth in the 2016 Olympics and sixth in London and looks the best of the rest.
Jamaica’s past record at this event is dismal at best but Kemoy Campbell should place fairly highly.
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