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World Athletics votes Cheptegei Athlete of the Month

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 2nd September 2020 06:44 PM

The 23-year-old produced a brilliant display to break Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old 5,000m track world record by almost two seconds as athletics made a return amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco last month.

World Athletics votes Cheptegei Athlete of the Month

The 23-year-old produced a brilliant display to break Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old 5,000m track world record by almost two seconds as athletics made a return amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco last month.

World Athletics has voted Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei as the Athlete of August following his exploits in Monaco that saw him break a ten-year 5,000m record.

The 23-year-old produced a brilliant display to break Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old 5,000m track world record by almost two seconds as athletics made a return amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco last month.

Cheptegei had predicted a world record run in the big event of the season and duly delivered as he clocked 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds, destroying the 12:37.35 that Ethiopian long-distance runner Bekele set in the Netherlands in 2004.

"We have a winner. Thanks to his phenomenal 5,000m world record, @Joshuacheptegei1 is August's moment of the month," stated a tweet from World Athletics.

The Monaco record was a follow-up on his new 10km world record previously held by Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya, which he improved by six seconds on the road with a time of 26 minutes and 38 seconds.

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