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Sikowo to Pace Set for Cheptegei in Valencia Marathon

Sikowo who represented the Uganda in 3000metere steeplechase during the 2019 World Athletics Championships and 2017 Olympics is expected to set the pace for Cheptegei up to 30 Kilometers.
23 Oct 2023 08:48
Abel Boniface Sikowo (Blue top) pace seeting Cheptegei during their preps in Kapchorwa. Photo by William Cheptoek
Uganda’s Long-distance runner Abel Boniface Sikowo has said that he will pace set for Joshua Cheptegei in his first Marathon debut in Valencia, Spain. The marathon will be held on December 3rd.

The police athletics club runner said that Cheptegei through their management, Global Sports Communication (GSC) requested him to be part of the race because he has been training alongside Cheptegei.

Sikowo, Cheptegei's training mate for the past six years, said that he accepted the request because the long-distance star is his role Model.

“Pacing for an Olympian and a three times World Champion is an inspiration to me, and I believe I will learn a lot when it comes to road racing,” says Sikowo. Adding that “We’ve been training together, and my body has grasped most of his training schedules”.

He explains that not only will he gain experience in road racing but also aims to boost his financial capacity. “Pacesetters are always paid, and I cannot deny such an offer, for I need it as well," says Sikowo.

Sikowo who represented Uganda in 3000-meter steeplechase during the 2019 World Athletics Championships and 2017 Olympics is expected to set the pace for Cheptegei up to 30 Kilometers.

Joshua Cheptegei, the reigning 10000 and 5000-meter world record holder appreciates his pacesetter’s acceptance to run alongside him for he has been instrumental in the previous preparations which has seen him shine internationally.

“We all need one another in the course of success, and that’s why I felt prudent to have my own brother, training mate to run this nobble course together”. Cheptegei told URN in Kapchorwa.

Cheptegei is expected to compete alongside other great Marathoners like, Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola, Dessisa Lelissa, and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kapmworor among others.

Addy Ruiter, Cheptegei and Sikowo’s management coach believes the duo will significantly produce a positive result.

“Effective running is predominantly attributed to the positive mindset of the athletes themselves, when an athlete has a teammate they have been training together with, better performance is a possibility," says Ruiter.

Njia Benjamin, Police athletics Coach and also doubles as the vice President technical at Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) believes the acceptance of Sikowo to pace set Cheptegei is a sign of teamwork which every athlete should have if they are to succeed in the sport.  “This a sign of unity and inspiration in the sport,” says Njia.

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