Cheptegei Makes Uganda Proud With New World Title In Spain

Cheptegei Makes Uganda Proud With New World Title In Spain

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By Spy Uganda

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, who is one of Uganda’s renowned athletes, has scooped another gold medal after winning the 10KM race in Valencia, Spain.

Cheptegei, who  in 2019 captured the world cross-country title in Aarhus, landed gold at the World Championships in Doha over 10,000m, made headlines when he set a new world record of 26:48:36.

The highly decorated world champion becomes the first Ugandan to hold two world records, moving a step ahead of legendary athlete John Akii Bua, and world record holder in the 400m Hurdles in 1972.

Prior to the 10km victory, Cheptegei also made an attempt at the world 5km road record of 13:22 set by Kenya’s Robert Keter in Lille two weeks ago.

The 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, was held in parallel with the Valencia Marathon. It is the last edition of this event in Valencia. That is why an attempt was made to set a new world record over this distance to mark the occasion.

Cheptegei broke the record that was held by Kenyan super athlete Leonard Patrick Komon (26:44) in Utrecht on  September 26, 2010.

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