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Cheptegei Sets Sights On Another World Record

Uganda’s long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei is targeting to break another World Record.

Cheptegei has confirmed that he will compete in 10,000m in Valencia on October 7 this year.

The three-time World record holder told World Athletics that his target is to break the 10000m record.

The 10000m world record for men is held by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia who clocked 26:17.53 in Brussels, Belgium on August 26, 2005.

Then, Bekele broke a record that was set by Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) which was set on June 1, 1998 in Hengelo, who ran 26:22.75.

History in the making – Joshua Cheptegei will be going for 10000m world record in Valencia. Courtesy

“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to target the 10,000m world record,” said Cheptegei.

“As my performance in Monaco showed, I am in outstanding form, so I would like to make the most of my current shape by attacking the 10,000m world record.

“Kenenisa’s 10,000m world record is one of the toughest in the books, but my training continues to go well and this gives me real confidence I can set another world record.

“I have many happy memories in Valencia, having set the world 10km road record there last year, so hopefully we can once again create something truly special in Valencia, were running plays such an important role.”

Cheptegei’s personal best in 10000m came in 2019 when he won gold at the 2019 World Championship in Doha finishing at 26:48.36.

The success in Doha was an improvement from his race in 2017 at World Championship in London where he came second with 26:49.94 behind Mo Farah.

With pace-setters and wave light technology, Cheptegei will also be banking on his great form that has seen him break two world records this year.

He broke the 15km road race record in 2018 before smashing road 5km and 5000m World records in Monaco, France this year.

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