At 10 Km, in Valencia on Sunday, Joshua Cheptegei stormed to a global road record with 26:38
This record ends a remarkable year for the 23-year-old Ugandan, having won World Cross Country and 10,000 m titles in March and October, respectively.
He went on to run 13:14 second half of the first five kilometers and took six seconds off of Kenya’s 2010 Leonard Patrick Komon’s world record.
The record won him a paycheck of € 40,000 as the 10 km event took place for the last time alongside the marathon.
Cheptegai expressed his feelings with so much pleasure and happiness. He said that it has been an extraordinary year for him as he won so many records and games. He became the World Cross winner in Denmark, 10000m world champion in Doha and then set the world record in Valencia. He was so happy to have achieved all of this exactly as he wished.
He said that it was so overwhelming to be in Valencia. He thought that Valencia would be one of the best courses in the world, and also one of the fastest. He said that it was also something really special to fulfill what they came here for. He was so happy to be there and to achieve his goals.
Cheptegeis won by a huge difference from Kevin Kibet who was second with 28:19, and Sweden’s Mohammad Reza Abootorabi who was third by 28:35.
British Adam Clarke was fifth in a PB with 28:40, up from 29:28 in March in Cardiff, while Britain’s fellow Joshua Grace was 29:00 PB.
Linn Nilsson from Sweden won the women’s race with 32:53 ahead of Marta Galimany from Spain.
British Tracy Barlow was third with 33:45 and Sarah Astin finished fifth with 34:10.