Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 5000M world record while running at the 2020 Monaco Diamond League meet.
The Ugandan ran 12:35:36 to break Kenenisa Bekele’s record set in 2004.
Cheptegei has been in fine form since clinching 10000M gold at last year’s World Championships.
The world champion said he was going for the record and midway the race, Cheptegei was running at record threatening pace and on the final two laps, it was apparent Bekele’s 12:37.35 would be shuttered.
“I think Monaco is a special place,” said the new record holder. “It took a lot of mind setting to keep motivated this year.
“I pushed myself, I had the right staff with me, the right coach. I’m usually based in Europe but being based in Uganda with my family was actually great,” Cheptegei added.
The second best in the fast paced Monaco race was Kenyan Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli (12:51:78) and another Kenyan Jacob Krop was third (13:11:32).
Last year in Valencia on December 1st, Cheptegei set a new 10km World record on the roads with 26:32. Just six weeks later, the Ugandan ran a solo 12:51 to break the road 5km World record.
Monaco has been a special place for runners as several World records have been set in recent years. And that is one of the reasons why Cheptegei chose the Louis II Stadium to attack Bekele’s legendary record.
Chepetegei also broke the 10 KM World Record on 1st December 2019,
On 16th February 2020, he set the 5km World Record and the new 5000m World Record on 14th August 2020.
This means that Chepetegei has set these records in a space of 257 days, 8 months and 13 days.
Meanwhile, Halima Nakaayi finished 5th in the 1000M women race won by Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon.
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