Cheptegei sets 5000m World Record
By Dorothy Nekesa
World champion in the 10,000m Joshua Cheptegei has smashed the 5000m and set a new record of 12:35.36 at the IAAF Wanda Diamond League in Monaco on Friday August 14,2020.
Uganda’s greatest broke Ethiopia’s legend Kenenisa Bekele’s 16year-old record of 12:37.35.
This is the second world record Cheptegei has broken this year with the first one being the 5km World Road Race record of 12:51 in Monaco.
He was given pace by Roy Hoornweg at 1000m and Matthew Ramsden 2000m as he championed his way to smash Bekele’s record set in 2004 in Hengelo.
Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop could not Match the Ugandan star’s pace finishing second and third respectively with 12:51.78 and 13:11.32.
Cheptegei last year in December also broke another world Record in the 10k road race in Valencia, Spain as well as being the reigning 10,000 meter and cross-country world champion.
The speed merchant came into the race with his personal best in 5000m standing at 12:57.41 garnered in Zurich 2019.
He has been training in Kapchorwa during the lockdown. He travelled with Halima Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo and Stephan Kissa.
Cheptegei has been congratulated by the entire continent including the biggest opponents Kenya who said,” Congratulations to him and our friendly neighbours Uganda.