Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei last night in Valencia, Spain set a new World Record of 26:11 in the NN Valencia Record Day. Joshua Cheptegei easily broke the previous 15 year old 10,000m men’s World Record that was set by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele at 26:17.23

Joshua Cheptegei currently holds FOUR world records in 5KM, 15KM, 5,000M and 10,000M.

To celebrate the victory Joshua Cheptegei tweeted “The crown finally is taken. Thank you NN Valencia World Record day. Its been a tough moment but a brave lion’s heart and determination saves the day. What a fight!! A night!! With a 10,000m World Record 26:11. Thank you all for the amazing love.”

The President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Museveni said of the World Champion’s win ‘Congratulations to Joshua Cheptegei for setting a new 10,000m world record in Valencia. Uganda is proud of you as you continue to hoist our flag high.’

"Amazing! Congratulations Joshua Cheptegei on setting a new World Record in the 10,000m You are indeed king of the track".-Hon. Denis Hamson Obua

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said of Joshua Cheptegei’s win that the feat laid proof that athletes are figuring out how to excel in a post-coronavirus world. “I woke up to the news that we had two world records broken and for Cheptegei, a Ugandan athlete, this has been a spectacular season.”

The World Champion has now started training for the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships on 17th October 2020 in Gdynia, Poland. Joshua will team up with Jacob Kiplimo, Moses Kibet, Stephen Kissa and Abel Chebet in the men’s event, while the women’s team shall comprise of Juliet Chekwel, Doreen Chemutai, Doreen Chesang, and Rachael Zena Chebet.

Joshua Cheptegei’s incredible track record:
• World Records: 5K, 15K, 5,000M, 10,000M
• 2019 IAAF World Championships in Qatar- Gold
• 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus- Gold
• 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast- 2 Gold
• 2017 IAAF World Championships in London- Gold
• 2015 Africa U20 Championships in Addis Ababa-Gold
• 2014 IAAF World U20 Championships in Oregon-Gold

Thursday, October 8, 2020