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Joshua Cheptegei: Ugandan smashes 5000m World record

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Joshua Cheptegei 5000m record

Ugandan athlete and 10,000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei has broken a 16-year-standing world record in the 5000m by nearly two seconds, in 2020 Monaco Diamond League on Friday.

The 23-year old clocked 12:35:36 minutes to smash the previous record set by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele by only 2 seconds.

In December last year, Cheptegei broke the 10km road world record in Valencia, which had stood for over 10 years and broke another record in February when he ran 12 minutes 51 seconds to break the 5km road world record in Monaco.

Uganda’s Cheptegei was crowned 10,000m world champion in Doha in October, having won the 10km cross country world title in Denmark in March.

A tweet by the President on Uganda that followed his victory.


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