Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has yet again surpassed the world 5-kilometre record by clocking 12 minutes and 51 seconds at the Monaco Run held in Mediterranean Principality (Monaco, France) on Sunday.
The 23-year-old took off an astonishing 27 seconds off the previous record by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruno of 13:29. This means, he can run 15.4 seconds/100m, or 23.35km/hr.
As quoted by the World Athletics Website, Cheptegei couldn’t hide his happiness after breaking the record today. He said the win is a motivation for him ahead of a number of other upcoming international competitions.
“Wow, this is a really great. I had sub 13 minutes in my mind today so when my legs felt good during the race I decided to really go for it. To take this many seconds off the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season,” said Cheptegei.
President Yoweri Museveni has already congratulated him saying the country is proud of him and that Uganda is looking onto him in the Tokyo 2020 games in July.
“Congratulations to Joshua Cheptegei who has set a new world record in the 5km race at the Monaco Run. Uganda is proud of you and we look forward to even greater performances, especially at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” wrote the President on Twitter.
Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is the four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
In 2018, he set the world record for a 15 km road race. He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010.
Cheptegei was also the winner of the senior men’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. On December 1, 2019, he set a new 10km road race record in Valencia, Spain. His time of 26:38 improved on the previous world record, set by Leonard Komon in 2010, by 6 seconds.