Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei posted a personal best but fell short of smashing a long standing 3000m World Record.
Cheptegei came fastest with a World Lead time of 7:33.24 at the 60th edition of the Golden Spike in Ostrava, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting on Wednesday night.
Coming to the event, his personal best was 7:33.26 but his main target was an assault on Daniel Komen’s 3000m World Record of 7:20.67 which remains unscathed, since the Kenyan set in 1996.
Cheptegei who holds the 5,000m and 10,000m world records concurrently, beat United States Paul Chelimo who came second while Ugandan Oscar Chelimo settled for a third place.
Cheptegei will bow shift focua to 5000m and 10000m double success at the coming Tokyo Games next month.
Elsewhere, World half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo also posted a world leading time of 26:33.93 at the 10,000m, moving seventh in the all-time list at the distance.