Joshua Cheptegei Caps Stellar Year With 10K World Record

The 23-year-old broke the previous record by six seconds.


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Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10km road world record yesterday in Valencia, setting a new time of 26 minutes 38 seconds.

Cheptegei beat the previous record, which was set by Kenya’s Leonard Komon in 2010, by six seconds.

According to World Athletics, Cheptegei achieved the record by running the majority of the race by himself. After utilizing the pacemakers up until 4km, he blazed through the 5k split in 13:23, . Running alone for the remainder of the race, Cheptegei negative split the second half and reached the finish line almost two minutes ahead of runner-up Kevin Kibet of Uganda. His second 5km split was 13:15, which is nine seconds faster than his current road 5km personal best.

This feat cape a stellar year for the Ugandan who also won the IAAF World Cross Championships in Denmark in March and was crowned 10,000m world champion on the track in Doha in October.

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