Drince For nearly a month ago, Wasim Amiz woke up every morning for his first training session at 6.30, when it was almost dawn. Because in Uganda, in the town of Kapchorwa – on the northern slopes of Mount Elgn, a dormant volcano on the border between Uganda and Kenya – the sun is rapidly gaining ground every day.
There, in the east of the country, between fields of corn and orchards, at nearly 2000 meters above sea level, Joshua Cheptegei was born 24 years ago, one of the best long-distance runners at the moment, world champion with 10,000 and world record holder of 5.000 (12: 35.36) s 10,000 (26: 11.00).
After breakfast – often tea with sweet bread, bananas, and eggs – a 400-meter gravel road awaits Amiz and Multiple paths with ups and downs, always following the best steps in the world. “I’m happy, it’s a great experience. You have to benefit and learn,” says the Spaniard from Uganda, where communications aren’t always easy.
“There were several days when we couldn’t talk,” says Antonio Serrano, coach of Cueva de Nerja, who is following the development of his student from Madrid. “There were elections and Facebook and WhatsApp did not work for a few days.” Because the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, shut down the networks before the January 14 elections.
With two sessions a day, Umez immerses himself in group training led by Cheptegei led by Dutch technician Adi Reuter. “It took the handsome two days to adjust to the time difference,” says Serrano. “For him it was like training at 4 in the morning. But he’s been there for several weeks and he’s conditioning very well.”
Cheptegei, that I invested 30 thousand euros in this training camp in Kapchorwa, Embodies the resurgence of instantaneous failure. His collapse in the last kilometer of the 2017 World Cross Championship in Kampala, With victory in his hands, he drew criticism in his own country, but recreated it with medals and world records.
Now oh my -First Spaniard to sign for NN Running- Share life with the best in the world. Double shooting session, some at 2,900 meters, with a group of 12-14 athletes featuring the world record holder. “Joshua has an innate, indisputable quality,” says Antonio Serrano, “but he also trains in very stiff circles, made of stone, and they do in sequence with the cliffs and everything at a height.” “For Waseem, it is a great experience to see how we can better live and work.”
For Wassim, it’s a great experience to see how he lives and works best
Given the epidemic situation in Spain, and the fact that Casa de Campo is closed, Wasim could extend his stay in Uganda for a few more weeks. His goal is, to be in the Olympics in the 5000 test where he will compete with the person who is now his coaching partner. “Work hard to be in that Final,” says Antonio. With the best in the world.
- Addy Ruiter is the technician who forged Joshua Cheptegei. Triathlon champion from the Netherlands, this high-end traveler – who has visited 97 countries in the world – has designed a long distance runner since he was 15, when the World Sports Agency called him to tell him there was a “Formula 1 engine” athlete but who doesn’t know how it works. Since then, Adi has spent several months of the year in Uganda coaching a group of athletes including the world record holder of 5,000. “He was an exceptional talent from the moment I started working with him,” the technician recalls. “One of the reasons why athletes are so good is our training environment. A slightly wavy track means that athletes never run at the same pace and that is why changing gears is not such a big problem for athletes.”
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