Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has entered his name among legends with a stunning run at the NN Valencia world record day in Spain after setting a new World record of 26.11 in the 10000 meters.
The Ugandan who is enjoying the form of his life having run three world-record-setting events this year (5 kilometers road run and 5k in Monaco) smashed a 15-year record set by the great Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele by an impressive 6.53 seconds on a day of sheer brilliance at the Turia stadium in Valencia.
“I think this lays a foundation on which I want to achieve my goal of being the best ever long-distance runner, ” Cheptegei said in a post-race interview of the event organizers offered a global audience of about a billion people for no pay.
Unlike his other two world record feats this year, inside the Turia stadium, Cheptegei needed the services of three world-class pacemakers (Roy Hoornweg, Ryan Gregson, and Nicolas Kimeli) to take him to the first 5000 beyond which he embarked on a lone pursuit versus time albeit with a wave light technology to guide him on what he required.
The young Ugandan who has won gold from junior to senior level next heads to Poland for a debut at the World half marathon.
Though Cheptegei’s exploits were pronounced, there was also a world record in the ladies 5000 meters as Gidey Letensebet broke her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record that had stood for 12 years. The 22-year-old posted an impressive 14.06.6 time to chop her compatriot’s record by five seconds.
“I am happy to achieve this and plan to target the 10k world record and hopefully again in Spain” was the longest statement the seemingly shy Ethiopian could say.