A world record was smashed in an astonishing hour in Spain when Joshua Cheptegei, a Ugandan long-distance runner added the men’s 10,000m run in 26 minutes and 11 seconds.
According to the details, Joshua Cheptegei celebrated after running 26 min 11sec to set the world record for the men’s 10,000m in Valencia.
He lowered the previous mark of 26:17.53 set by Kenenisa Bekele on August 26, 2005, in Brussels.
This was the 24-year-old 10,000m world champion’s third world record this year and cemented his standing as the new middle distance maestro.
Joshua Cheptegei is scheduled to meet Mo Farah at the Tokyo Olympic Games over 10,000m next summer.
When asked about the spectacular achievement, he said “I think this is just the foundation of what I want to achieve in years to come.”
Cheptegei served notice of his class when he took silver at the 2017 world championships in London when he was still just 20.
World records by Cheptegei
In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the cross country world champion in 2019.
That year at the World Championships in Doha, he won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters men’s final.
In 2020, at a road race in Monaco, he set a new world road 5 km record of 12:51, breaking through the event’s 13-minute barrier, taking 9 seconds from the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer in 2000.
In August 2020, at the Monaco Diamond League meet, he set a new 5000 meters world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.