Uganda’s athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has broken the world record in 10,000m long distance run after he completed in a time of 26:11:00.
In the NN Valencia held on Wednesday at Turia Stadium in Valencia, Spain, Cheptegei, 24, broke the 26 minutes 17.53 seconds World Record that was set by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, 15yrs, in 2017, in London.
Cheptegei has broken two world records already this year and now this is his third record after the two Monaca championship.
Cheptegei, 24, set a new world 5km road record in Monaco back in February before retreating to lockdown in his native Uganda. In August, he emerged and returned to Monaco, knocking almost two seconds off Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old track record for the distance, setting a new mark of 12min 35.36secs.
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner and 10,000m world record holder with a time of 26:11.00.
He broke the 10,000 metres record on October 7, 2020 In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 metres event at the World Championship in London.
Date of birth: 12 September 1996
Place of birth: Kapchorwa
Country of nationality: Uganda
World Congratulates Cheptegei.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has taken on his social media platforms hailing Cheptegei for his world victory at Turia Stadium.
“Congratulations Joshua Cheptegei for setting a new 10,000m world record in Valencia. Uganda is proud of you as you continue to hoist our flag,” H.E Museveni posted.
A commentator at Turia Stadium who in litany of praises, said “he has a heart of the African lion.”
Sports lovers in Uganda have taken on social media cheering for the Third time record break in one year with several other flattering Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for delaying to name one of the city roads after him ”Cheptegei.”