Joshua Cheptegei after smashing 10,000m world record: ‘‘this is just the foundation of what I want to achieve in years to come’’

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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei clocked 26:11:02 at the NN World Record Day event in Valencia, Spain to beat Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old 10,000m record of 26:17.53.
“It was my dream. We are trying to write history on the track and make people to know that track is still exciting,” the 10,000m world champion, said after.

Asked if this moment means he has ‘achieve greatness’ in athletics, he replied:
“I think this is just the foundation of what I want to achieve in years to come.”
Bekele’s previous world record time of 26mins 17.53secs had been the longest standing men’s 10,000m world record in history.
Cheptegei’s success marks his fourth world record in 10 months, having broken the 10km road best in December and the 5km road record in February.

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At the Monaco Diamond League in August, he broke another of Bekele’s world records, beating his 16-year-old mark in the 5,000m by two seconds.
The World Record Day, in which Cheptegei had pacemakers, took place at Valencia’s Turia stadium with 400 people present.

Cheptegei, 24, set a new world 5km road record in Monaco back in February before retreating to lockdown in his native Uganda. In August, he emerged and returned to Monaco, knocking almost two seconds off Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old track record for the distance, setting a new mark of 12min 35.36secs.

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