FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Males’s 10,000 Metres Ultimate – Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar – October 6, 2019. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei celebrates successful gold. Information/Aleksandra Szmigiel/File Photograph
VALENCIA, Spain (Information) – Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei set a brand new 10km street world file in Valencia on Sunday, closing out his season in model by eclipsing the earlier benchmark set by Kenyan Leonard Komon.
The present 10,000m world champion, who received the IAAF World Cross Championships earlier this yr in Denmark, clocked 26 minutes 38 seconds, enhancing Komon’s 2010 mark by six seconds, on the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso.
“What a yr it has been. I can’t imagine it,” the 23-year-old stated after finishing the memorable 2019 hat-trick.
“I knew that Valencia was going to be a very quick course, one of many quickest on the planet. So to get to realize what we got here right here for is one thing actually particular.
“This yr has made me so completely satisfied.”
Cheptegei reached the midway mark in 13:23 and the world file appeared inside his grasps when he reached eight km in 21:37.
He coated the ultimate kilometer in 2:45.
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Modifying by Frances Kerry