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Joshua Cheptegei, the 26-year-old Ugandan, who just won 10,000-metre gold at the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships is out of the 5000m event.

He was the favourite to win. A fierce battle was anticipated between him and Jacob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, who will now be extra motivated, after being beaten by Josh Kerr in the 1500m event.

Cheptegei claims a foot injury is keeping him out.

On Meta, he wrote, “Hi Guys, I am proud and happy to have won another gold medal on the 10,000m. I would have loved to compete in the 5000m as well but unfortunately, I had to decide not to start. I have struggled with a small foot injury over the last days and I don’t want to take any risks. I wish all 5000m competitors the best of luck and I see you all soon.”

Cheptegei holds both the 5000m and 10,000m world records having clocked 12:35.36 and 26:11.00, respectively. He also holds national records on the roads in the 5K and 10K events and a world-best over 15K at 41:05.

He is the reigning Olympic champion in the 5000m, silver medallist in the 10,000m and three-time World Champion in the 10,000m. Cheptegei earned the titles consecutively in Doha, Eugene and Budapest.

There are nine athletes on the start list (including Cheptegei) who have run sub-13-minutes. The fastest of whom is now Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia. Canadian record holder Moh Ahmed (12:47.20) is not on the start list. Canada’s lone representative will be Benjamin Flanagan.

Australian Stewart McSweyn, if the race plays out in his favour may have a chance to strike for a metal. As Kerr demonstrated in the 1500m and Hassan and Bol in the 1500m and mixed relays proved, anything can happen in a final.

Startlist

ORDERBIBCOUNTRYATHLETEPBSBWRK
12142CANBenjamin FLANAGAN13:11.1213:11.1230
22610KENCornelius KEMBOI13:00.6813:00.6816
32887SWEAndreas ALMGREN13:01.7013:25.7017
42049AUSStewart MCSWEYN12:56.5013:23.8122
52473IRLBrian FAY13:01.4013:01.4032
63020USAAbdihamid NUR13:05.1713:05.17
72940UGAJoshua CHEPTEGEI12:35.3612:41.61
82614KENNicholas KIPKORIR12:46.3312:55.465
92250ESPMohamed KATIR12:45.0112:45.012
102976USAPaul CHELIMO12:57.5513:03.1227
112273ETHHagos GEBRHIWET12:42.1812:42.1810
122737NORNarve Gilje NORDÅS13:05.3813:05.3859
132082BELJohn HEYMANS13:14.1613:14.1636
142961URUValentin SOCA13:30.6813:30.68159
152730NORJakob INGEBRIGTSEN12:48.45
162257ESPOuassim OUMAIZ13:06.4213:06.42154
172127BRNBirhanu BALEW12:56.2613:01.4115
182308FRAJimmy GRESSIER12:56.0912:56.0926
192591JPNKazuya SHIOJIRI13:16.5313:19.8534
202071BDIEgide NTAKARUTIMANA13:03.6113:03.6128
212385GERSam PARSONS13:12.7813:12.7842
222704NEDMike FOPPEN13:05.6613:05.6633