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Joshua Cheptegei breaks 10km road world record

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st December 2019 11:51 AM

In 2018, he ran 41 minutes five seconds in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to break the 15km road world record

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Joshua Cheptegei celebrates after his feat in Valencia. Courtesy Photo

In 2018, he ran 41 minutes five seconds in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to break the 15km road world record

Joshua Cheptegei stormed to a world 10km road record with 26:38 in Valencia on Sunday.

The 23-year-old broke the previous record by six seconds, which was set in 2010 by Kenya's Leonard Komon.

 

After clinching world cross country and 10,000m titles won in March and October respectively, this record rounds out an impressive year for the runner.

“I knew that Valencia was going to be a really fast course, one of the fastest in the world. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really special. This year has made me so happy.”

 

Clocking 13:24 for the first 5km, he went on to run a 13:14 second half and earn a €40,000 (sh162m) paycheck.

"What a year it has been. I can't believe it," Cheptegei said.

“World Cross champion in Denmark, 10,000m world champion in Doha and now the world record here in Valencia,” he added.

In 2018, he ran 41 minutes five seconds in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to break the 15km road world record.

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