Cheptegei who also won the 10,000m race at the World Championship in Doha in October set a new time of 26 minutes 38 seconds. The previous record was set by Kenya’s Leonard Komon in 2010.
star runner Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 10km road world record in Valencia, Spain.
who also won the 10,000m race at the World Championship in Doha in October set
a new time of 26 minutes 38 seconds on Sunday.
The previous record was set by Kenya’s
Leonard Komon in 2010.
year it has been," he said. "I can't believe it.
that Valencia was going to be a really fast course, one of the fastest in the
world. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really
Roy Hoornweg covered the opening kilometre in 2:42 before Cheptegei moved to
the front briefly demanding a quicker pace, a demand that was met - by the
second kilometre the clock read 5:42 for a 2:40-kilometre split. Once Hoorweg
dropped out, Uganda’s duo of Stephen Kissa and Abdallah Mande took command with
Cheptegei in tow, with the trio covering three kilometres in 7:57, well inside
the word record schedule.
2:41 split for the fourth kilometre, Cheptegei overtook the pacemakers before
the halfway point, reaching 5km in 13:23, one second shy of the world record
for that distance.
his own over the entire second half, a determined Cheptegei reached 6km in
16:02 and 7km in 18:42. Cheptegei forged on, reaching 8km in 21:37, when it
became clear that the world record was within reach.
on the clock at the 9km point, Cheptegei needed to cover the final kilometre in
2:45, a close well within his capabilities.
happy that Cheptegei has completed the season in style and continued to rise
the Ugandan flag high,” Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics
Federation (UAF) told URN.