Uganda's Cheptegei breaks world Record

Half way the distance, Cheptegei had shaken off the pacemakers, and guided by trackside lights showing world record pace, he came home he smashed the immortal fate by Bekele.

World 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei produced an outstanding world 5,000m record of 12:35.36 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on night of Friday, August 14.

2020 could only get better for the 23-year-old Ugandan, who had a lustrous season in 2019 when he seized both the world cross-country men’s title as well as the 10,000m world title. He also set a world 5km record on the road in Monaco last February.

After the restart of international athletics on Friday, he picked from where he’d left by attacking and breaking the great Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old 5000m record of 12:37.35.

Half way the distance, Cheptegei had shaken off the pacemakers, and guided by trackside lights showing world record pace, he came home he smashed the immortal fate by Bekele.

“I think Monaco is a special place and it's one of these places where I could break the world record,” he said.

“It took a lot of mind setting to keep being motivated this year because so many people are staying at home but you have to stay motivated. I pushed myself; I had the right staff with me, the right coach. I'm also usually based in Europe, but being based in Uganda with my family (during the pandemic) was actually great,” he told World Athletics.

Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli was a distant second after crossing the line in 12:51.78 setting his best time.

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