Cheptegei breaks 10,000m World record

Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10,000m track world record on Wednesday in Valencia with a time of 26mins 11.00 seconds.

He lowered the previous mark of 26min 17.53sec set by Kenenisa Bekele in 2005 in Brussels.

This was the 24-year-old 10,000m world champion’s third world record this year and cemented his standing as the new middle distance maestro.

In February he claimed the world 5km road record in Monaco. 

At the event organised by NN Running Team, Global Sport Communication and SD Roadrunner, Cheptegei who is also the current 5,000m, 5km and 15km record holder, broke Kenenisa Bekele’s 16 year old record, by over 6 seconds.

The Ethiopian running legend had set the mark in a time of 26:17:53 in 2005, breaking compatriot Haile Gebrselassie’s 26:22.75 time that had earlier been set in 1998 in Hengelo.

For Chepetegi to achieve the fate, eight other athletes took part in the event including two other Ugandans in Stephen Kissa and Viktor Kiplangat.

As usual, the runners competed over 25 laps of a 400m track, guided by wave light technology.

Six pacesetters, categorised into two groups were also included, led by Roy Hoornweg.

Cheptegei has of late become a running sensation, now holding four different World Records.

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