Joshua Cheptegei set a new record after winning the 10km road race in Valencia, Spain on Sunday morning.
The Ugandan long distance runner posted a time of 26 minutes 38 seconds, smashing a 2010 record set by Kenya’s Leonard Komon by six seconds.
“World cross champion, 10,000m world champion and now the world record. What a year it has been.”— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) December 1, 2019
“I can’t believe it! I knew Valencia was going to be a really fast course. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really special.”
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Starting out behind compatriots Stephen Kissa and Abdallah Mande, a determined Cheptegei reached 6km in 16:02 and 7km in 18:42. He forged on, reaching 8km in 21:37, when it became clear that the world record was within reach.
joshuacheptege1</a> has set a new record after winning the 10km road race in Valencia, Spain on Sunday morning.<br><br>The 23-year-old smashed the previous record set in 2010 by Kenya’s Leonard Komon by 6 seconds.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KawowoUpdates?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KawowoUpdates</a><a href="https://t.co/xFybWbzStU">https://t.co/xFybWbzStU</a></p>— Kawowo Sports (kawowosports) December 1, 2019
The 23-year old is also the reigning 10,000m champion- a crown he won in Doha in October, having won the 10km cross country world title in Denmark in March.
“What a year it has been,” he said. “I can’t believe it.
It’s a special moment to crown the year with yet another important achievement— Joshua Cheptegei (@joshuacheptege1) December 1, 2019
What a year 2019 to end with a 10km #worldrecord
Special credit to my family, #pacemakers
And all my training partners
What a moment for #Kapchorwa, #Ugandaand the rest of the #World
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