Why Joshua Cheptegei is proving to be Uganda’s greatest runner of all time
Long-distance runner, Joshua Cheptegei is becoming unstoppable yet again after beating 10km road race world record yesterday in Valencia, Spain.
Joshua Cheptegei put up a new record beating the mark of Kenya’s Leonard Komon by six seconds. Komon set the record nine years back in 2010.
The 23-year-old distance runner recorded a time of 26 minutes and 38 seconds with an average pace of two minutes and 40 seconds per kilometre in Valencia, passing through 5km in 13 minutes and 24 seconds.
“What a year it has been, I can’t believe it. I knew that Valencia was going to be a really fast course, one of the fastest in the world. So to get to achieve what we came here for is something really special,” Cheptegei stated after his surprising win.Tweet
Cheptegei proves unstoppable
Following his recent victories, Cheptegei seems to be taking running by storm, he is looking unstoppable for anyone to beat something no Ugandan has been consistent in doing including Stephen Kiptrotich.
Since winning an Olympic gold medal in 2012 London Summer Olympics cross country race, Kiprotich has not managed to win any major medal for Uganda.
Earlier this year, Cheptegei won the senior men’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
In Denmark, he recorded 31 minutes and 40 seconds for the 10.24 km race. The 23-year-old was also crowned 10,000m world champion in Doha in October this year.
In 2018, Cheptegei again ran for only 41 minutes and five seconds in Nijmegen, Netherlands, to break the 15km road world record.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he won both the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres races by storm.
In 2017, Cheptegei won a silver medal in the 10,000 metres World Championships in London. He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.
Cheptegei also ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres finishing eighth and sixth respectively.
Who is Joshua Cheptegei
Born on 12th September 1996, Joshua Cheptegei is a runner and now the world record holder for 10km road race.
Cheptegei is also a four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race currently employed and working under the Uganda Police.
By John Dalton Kigozi