Joshua Cheptegei on the finish line to snatch a 5km World record. Monaco run
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 5km world record in Monaco, France, setting a new time of 12:51.
He beats a previous time of 13:00 set way back in 2000 by Kenyan Sammy Kipketer in Carlsbad, California. This was before the race became an official world record event.
This is the latest achievement for Cheptegei who broke the 10km record in a time of 26:38 in Valencia, Spain in December last year.
He had also broken the 15km record in 2018 with 41:05 in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
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The victory, in his first race of 2020, sets a good platform for Uganda’s icon who has his eyes set on Olympics gold in Tokyo 2020.
He is the winner of the Wanda Diamond League in 5,000m and 2019 World champion in 10,000m.
The 5km run was officially officially recognised as a world record event in 2017.
Switzerland’s Julien Wanders hold the record of 13:29 which he set in Monaco last year while Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto set 13:18 last month in Valencia on his way to winning the 10km race by a record.
Last year when Cheptegei broke the 10km record in Spain, he reached the 5km point in 13:23.