Ugandan runner Cheptegei sets 5km world record
Cheptegei completes 5-kilometer track in 12 minutes, 51 seconds in Monaco to break record by 27 seconds
Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei on Sunday smashed a world record in 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles), finishing the contest in 12 minutes and 51 seconds in Monaco.
"What a season opener with an amazing 5Km world record time of 12:51. Thank you @monacorun for having me," 23-year-old Cheptegei said on Instagram.
The previous record holder was Kenyan athlete Rhonex Kipruto, who finished 5-kilometer run in 13 minutes and 18 seconds at January's 10K Valencia Ibercaja.
In October 2019, Cheptegei bagged a gold medal in the IAAF World Athletics Championships men's 10,000 meters held in Qatar.
He joined the 2016 Summer Olympics for 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter run but couldn’t win any medal in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.