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Tokyo Olympics: Youngster Chelimo Hopeful For Top Three Finish in 5000m Final

The 19-year old Chelimo qualified for the finals after finishing fourth in the first round of the competition posting a time which of 13 minutes and 39:07 seconds which is a few seconds below his personal best which stands 13:06:79.
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Youngster Oscar Chelimo has said he is hopeful to make a podium finish in the finals of the 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 19-year old Chelimo qualified for the finals after finishing fourth in the first round of the competition posting a time which of 13 minutes and 39:07 seconds which is a few seconds below his personal best which stands 13:06:79.

He believes he will build from this to earn himself an appearance on the podium when the final takes place on August 6th.

Chelimo says that he is expects a 1,2,3 finish with his fellow teammates who are also in the finals. He however says there is high humidity in Tokyo, but added that it will not stop him from pushing for a podium appearance.

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This is Chelimo’s first appearance in the summer Games. In 2019 he finished 3rd in the  U-20 category at the World Cross Country Championship in Denmark.

The long-distance runner will be in company of his elder brother Jacob Kiplimo who also qualified for the finals after finishing fourth in heat two posting a time of 13.30.40 together with favorite Joshua Cheptegei who also qualified for the finals after finishing fifth in heat two with a time of 13:30:61.

Although Uganda’s duo Cheptegei and Kiplimo finished fourth and fifth respectively in the qualifiers, their heat was slightly faster than heat one, the winner of heat one Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli posted 13:38.87. This is below the time the two Uganda’s long distance runners posted.  

Now, the trio Cheptegei, Kiplimo and Chelimo will face off with Spain’s Mohamed Katir who won heat two in 13:30:10 and USA’s Paul Chelimo who came second in 13.30.15 among other athletes.

Cheptegei however said in an interview after winning silver in the 10,000m final that he is looking forward to winning another medal in the Games. “Probably I am still looking at my leg and if all goes well I will fight back for a gold,” said Cheptegei.

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