VALENCIA, Spain – Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has broken a world record on an historic night of long distance running in Valencia.
Cheptegei took more than six seconds off the legendary Kenenisa Bekele’s 10,000m world record, which had stood since 2005, with a stunning run of 26:11.00.
The 24-year-old, who won gold in the event at last year’s World Championships in Doha, had already broken Bekele’s record in the 5,000m in Monaco earlier this year, and he will now set his sights on dethroning Mo Farah at next year’s rearranged Olympic Games.
“I wanted to live up to expectations on Valencia world record day,” Cheptegei said. “It was my dream. We are trying to write history on the track and make people to know that track is still exciting.
“I think this is just the foundation of what I want to achieve in years to come.”