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Cheptegei Tipped To Run Sub Two-Hour Marathon

Joshua Cheptegei will in the future run a Marathon in under two hours according to his coach Addy Ruiter.

The sub-two hour feat, has only been achieved by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, 34, who clocked 1:59.40 in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna in October last year.

However, even Kipchoge’s landmark is not recognised as an official World record because it was not in an open competition.

In an interview with World Athletics, Ruiter who also doubles as Halima Nakaayi’s coach, says that Cheptegei is very ambitious and has the potential to reach greater heights.

“The strength of Joshua is his running economy, he is so smooth and that is especially true on the roads. I think in the future he could run a sub-two hour marathon,” Ruiter said.

“Remember, his desire is to be the best runner ever. Joshua will be the athlete to bring distance running to a new level. He will be the new standard.”

Cheptegei holds three World Records – 5000m, 5km and 15km.

Joshua Cheptegei after breaking the world record in the men’s 5000metre event during the Diamond League Athletics Meeting at The Louis II Stadium in Monaco on August 14, 2020. (Photo by ERIC GAILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Ruiter became Cheptegei’s coach about five years back when he was connected by Jurrie Van dee Velden (Global Sports Communication Manager).

He explains: “Jurrie was the manager of Roy Hoornweg when he asked me if I wanted to write the training programmes for the Ugandan athletes he managed.”

“I had a good feeling from the beginning, I had already seen Joshua win 10,000m gold at the 2014 World U20 Championships, and because the job would also combine my other passion of travel, I accepted.”

“He was an exceptional talent from the moment I started working with him. He always listened carefully and followed instructions. He was very flexible in his approach and his body responded well to the training.”

On October 7 in Valencia, Cheptegei will be hoping to smash the 10,000m World Record of 26:17.53 which was set by Kenenisa Bekele.

The later on October 27, he will take part in the 21.1km distance at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland.

Uganda Marathon Team
Men – Abel Chebet, Jacob Kiplimo, Joshua Cheptegei, Moses Kibet, Stephen Kissa
Women – Doreen Chemutai, Doreen Chesang, Juliet Chekwel, Rachael Zena Chebet

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