Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - SS


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.

Joshua Chep­tegei: Ugan­dan takes on African neigh­bours

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