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.
“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.”
What a way to finish an incredible year! Joshua Cheptegei breaks the 10km world record in Valencia, in a time of 26:38! pic.twitter.com/RgRfKBwqMW— NN Running Team (@NNRunningTeam) December 1, 2019
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.
Joshua Cheptegei goes to Valencia with one goal in mind. pic.twitter.com/qIlFOel5ML— NN Running Team (@NNRunningTeam) November 28, 2019