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Uganda’s Cheptegei breaks two world records in 7 weeks

VALENCIA- Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei Uganda’s star athlete on Wednesday evening October 7th 2020 broke the men’s 10,000m world record.

Athlete Cheptegei who recently broke the world 5,000m men’s’ record in August found it easier to cover the 10,000m distance in 26:11:00 at the NN Valencia World Record Day at the Turia Stadium in Spain.

Cheptegei broke Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele’s record of 26:17:53 that he set in Brussels in 2005. Cheptegei who is also the Cross Country champion has re-written history breaking two records in a space of seven weeks.

“This performance means something great to me because we are trying to re-write history. The sports lovers in the world should know that the track is still exciting,” added Cheptegei in an interview after the race at the Stadium.

In the earlier women’s race Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidney smashed the 5,000m women’s record as she set a record of 14:06:65.

The former record of 14:11:15 was held by another Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba Keneni Dibaba she set in 2008.


Juma Mubiru
Mubiru passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless. Mubiru tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority. “Journalism that changes lives is my goal,”


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