It’s Cheptegei again!
By Our Reporter
Celebrated Ugandan Athlete, Joshua Cheptegei beat Kenya's Rhonex Kipruto 5km world record in Monaco on Sunday-16th of February. Making history by a whole 27 seconds less, Cheptegei crossed the finish line in 12 minutes and 51 seconds, against Kipruto’s 13 minutes and 18 seconds. This 10K race, also the Athletes first race comes after a great 2019.
Speaking to Rueters after the race, an elated Cheptegei said, "Wow, this is really great. I had sub 13 minutes in my mind today so when my legs felt good during the race, I really decided to go for it.”
He promised that this was just a first test for the season ahead: "To take this many seconds of the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important. Interestingly, Jimmy Gressier, a French citizen finished second, 27 miniutes behind Cheptegei, at the exact time last year’s winner finished at. But at 13 mins and 18 seconds, he also beat the European record of 13:29 set by Julien Wanders in the same race last year.