UGAN­DAN CHASES THE DOU­BLE

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - SS

10,000m

SOME of the 5000m men are also in ac­tion at this dis­tance.

Joshua Chep­tegei fol­lowed Farah home over 25 laps in Lon­don where he showed great front run­ning abil­ity to­gether with a po­tent kick and there are doubts whether the Kenyans here will have the speed and nous to chal­lenge the Ugan­dan.

They also have Ti­mothy Toroitich and Ja­cob Ki­plimo who both look to have medal po­ten­tial but the Kenyan tri­als were at high alti­tude and the trio are far bet­ter than the rank­ings sug­gest.

Rodgers Chumo Kwe­moi won the world ju­nior ti­tle in

2016 as well as the tri­als and looks to be the best of the Kenyan trio.

Ja­panese-based Jonathan Ndiku, a for­mer dou­ble world ju­nior steeple­chase cham­pion, ran 27:11.23 in 2016 and looks con­sis­tent but maybe lacks gen­uine fin­ish­ing speed.

Josphat Bett also has a world ju­nior ti­tle – al­beit from 10 years ago and looks past his best as his 12:57.43 5000m PB dates back to 2009 while a 26:48.99 10,000m was set in 2011 and he has not bro­ken 28:40 since 2015.

Mo Ahmed set a Cana­dian record of 27:02.35 in Lon­don when fin­ish­ing eighth and should be in the medal hunt as should Kiwi twins Zane and Jake Robert­son – the lat­ter of whom set an Ocea­nia record last week.

Andy Ver­non has not looked at his best lately and will strug­gle to match his 5000m Glas­gow fin­ish of sixth.

Rodgers Kwe­moi: world ju­nior champ

Andy Ver­non: fly­ing the English flag

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