Ugandan ace Joshua Cheptegei will tonight have to be at his best to brush off a host of contenders vying for the last long distance medal of the Oregon World Athletics Championships.
The 5,000m at 4.00am is set to be a close contest, with Chepegei going for double gold, while two others who missed out on gold in earlier 1,500m and 10,000m finals, look at this race as a life saver.
Cheptegei will have do it without ace running mate Jacob Kiplimo, who has been a key factor in his World Championship glory this time round, and at the Olympics last year.
Kiplimo helped change the pace to Cheptegei’s advantage, when the 10,000m field seemed to slow it down in Eugene, and in Tokyo, did a lot of pace setting as the Ugandans secured glory in Tokyo.
There will be a three pronged attack on Cheptegei led by Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who faltered in his favourite 1,500m, where he won silver.