Uganda’s long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei lowered the 5km world record on Sunday with a time of 12 minutes 51 seconds during the Monaco Run.
The 10,000m world champion made the most of perfect conditions in the second edition of this race to improve on Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto’s previous best of 13min 18sec last month in Valencia.
“Wow, this is really great. I had sub 13 minutes in my mind today so when my legs felt good during the race, I really decided to go for it,” the 23-year-old Cheptegei said.
“To take this many seconds of the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season.”
Frenchman Jimmy Gressier finished second in Monaco with a time of 13:18 to beat the European record of 13:29 set by Julien Wanders in the same race last year.
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Cheptegei first rose to world record form in 2018 when he shaved eight seconds off the 15km world record record at the NN ZevenHeuvenloop race in Holland.
Today’s race has come just two months after breaking the 10km road race record in Valencia where he clocked 26 minutes 38 seconds.
Even with this new record, Uganda’s Cheptegei is understood to be eyeing Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games in August.