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Joshua Cheptegei Breaks 10,000m World Record

Joshua Cheptegei is on course to becoming “the greatest runner in history” after smashing the 10,000m world record on Wednesday night.

The Ugandan long distance runner has posted an unofficial time of 26:11.02 in a special NN World Record Day event in Valencia.

He breaks a long standing record that was set by Kenenisa Bekele in 2005 when the Ethiopian set 26:17.53 in Brussels.

Using pace makers and wave light technology, Cheptegei who needed 63 seconds per lap, was 13:07 halfway the race on his way to a deserved triumph.

This is his third world record broken from as many races this year for Cheptegei.

He came into the race with his 10,000m personal best at 26:48.36 which he had achieved in Doha.

The victory comes at the back of his 5000m World Record in Monaco which was also initially held by Kenenisa Bekele.

Cheptegei, who also won the 10,000m gold in Doha last year at the World Championship, will shift focus to his debut appearance at the 21.1km distance at the rescheduled World Athletics Half Marathon Championship in Gdynia on October 17.

He set a world 15km road record in 2018 before posting 12:51 to smash the 5km earlier this year.

In related developments, Letesenbet Gidey smashed the world record for 5000 meters when She finished in a time of 14.06.62 minutes.

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