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Cheptegei Reflects On Breaking 5000m World Record

Uganda’s long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei says that he “pushed” himself on his way to breaking another World Record on Friday night.

Cheptegei defied odds when he broke a 16-year old Kenenisa Bekele’s 5000m world record by almost two seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting.

The 23-year old Kapchorwa born athlete finished at 12:35.36 to write a new record.

“I think Monaco is a special place and it’s one of these places where I could break the world record,” Cheptegei told World Athletics.

“It took a lot of mind setting to keep being motivated this year because so many people are staying at home but you have to stay motivated.

“I pushed myself, I had the right staff with me, the right coach. I’m also usually based in Europe, but being based in Uganda with my family was actually great.”

Cheptegei took to his Twitter and commended President Museveni, first lady Janet Museveni, Global Sports training crew, Sports Minister Hamson Obua and French Ambassador to Uganda Aniambossou.

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