Twenty three year old Ugandan athlete raised his bar by breaking a 10km world road record in Valencia. Cheptegei needed only 26 minutes and 40 seconds to cross the finish line which is 6 seconds faster than Kenya’s Leonard Komon who used 26 minutes and 44 seconds in the same distance in Utrecht way back in 2010.
This was the second time Joshua sets a new world record in his career after running for 41 minutes and 05 seconds in a 15 km Seven hills Run in Nijmegen, Netherlands just a year ago, rubbing off Komon’s record again.
Joshua who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Cost, Australia last year, began 2019 by becoming the first Ugandan to win the World Cross country Championship tittle in Aarhus, Denmark in March 2019 before becoming the second Ugandan to bring the 10,000m gold medal at the World Championship in Doha in October after a tough battle with Kenya’s world junior champion Rhonex Kipruto.
Cheptegei does it for the second time just less than two months when Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge proved to the world that a marathon can be run in less than 2hrs.
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