Uganda’s long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has won the 5km race in Monaco on Sunday.
The world 10,000m champion crossed the finished line at 13:14, just 23 seconds short of his world record he set last year at the same event when he set 12:51 to take nine seconds from the previous mark set by Sammy Kipketer in 2000
On Sunday, he was 2:41 after 1km, putting himself in an unfavourable position to break his own time but dug deep inside the last stretch to finish at a decent time at the Port Hercules in the Monaco Principality.
Bethwell Birgen (13:18) and Davis Kiplangat (13:19) came second and third in that order as Morhad Amdouni clocked 13:20.
In the Wonen’s race, Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech will take the headlines after smashing the World Record.
She clocked 14:43 which breaks the women’s world 5km record.
Beside the 5km, Cheptegei also holds World records in 15km, 5000m and 10,000m.
He has set sights on winning the Olympic gold double in the 5,000m 10,000m later this year.