Uganda: IAAF Awards – Another Moment of History Looms for Cheptegei


The IAAF World Athletics awards 2020 this Saturday, December 5 present a good opportunity for Uganda to have one of their own bagging this prestigious award for the first time in the nation’s history.

Joshua Cheptegei is among the five finalists, trimmed down from 10, who are chasing this coveted award. His compatriot Jacob Kiplimo did not make the final five shortlist, unfortunately, a pointer to how competitive this contest is expected to be. However, considering that Cheptegei is making a second successive appearance for this award, after Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won it last year, is proof of how impressive he has been. Surely it should be enough for Cheptegei to bag the prize this time, to make him second time lucky.

Cheptegei’s competition includes Ryan Crouser from the USA. He won 10 shot put competitions this year. This included his 22.91 metres world-leading performance, which placed him at an equal third-best placing all time record.

Germany’s Johannes Vetter won eight of his nine javelin competitions, which also included throwing the world’s second farthest distance in history, 97.76 metres, a leading distance of the year. In addition, Norway’s Karsten Warholm pulled off some incredible feats, when he ran his 400 metres hurdles race in 46.87 seconds, which proved to be the second fastest in history.

Warholm was also undefeated in nine 400m/400m hurdles races and set a world best of 33.78 in 300m hurdles. But so did Sweden’s pole vault star, Mondo Duplantis. He broke the world record in the pole vault twice (6.17 metres and 6.18 metres) and produced the highest outdoor vault of all time (6.15 metres).

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