Pending ratification, Cheptegei’s winning performance broke the previous world record of 13:18 set by Rhonex Kipruto en route to his 10K world record in Valencia on January 12, according to World Athletics.
“Wow, this is really great,” Chepetegei told World Athletics. “I had sub-13 minutes on my mind today, so when my legs felt good during the race I decided to really go for it. To take this many seconds off the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season.”The Country’s young man is unstoppable.He looks like he still has a lot of competitions to win.
has broken the 5km road world record by 27 seconds in Monaco. The 23-year-old ran 12 minutes 51 seconds to smash the previous record, set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto en route to victory at January’s Valencia 10k.
France’s Jimmy Gressier follow3ed him in Monaco with a European record of 13:18.
Nick Goolab finished third in a new British record of 13:27, the Belgrave Harrier bettering the mark held jointly by Mo Farah and Rob Denmark by three seconds.
In December, Cheptegai ran 26:38 to break the 10km road world record, which had stood for almost 10 years, but that mark was bettered last month by Kipruto, who set new records at both 5km and 10km in his victory over the latter distance in Spain.
Cheptegei’s latest achievement starts 2020, after an extraordinary 2019 in which he also took victory at the IAAF World Cross Championships in Denmark.
Cheptegei first rose to world-record form in 2018 when he shaved eight seconds off the 15km world record at the NN ZevenHeuvenloop race in Holland.
Cheptegei is the only Ugandan to set four world records.
John Akii-Bua is the only other Ugandan world record holder. Akii-Bua shot into the headlines when he became the first man to run the 400m hurdles under 48 seconds.
He clocked 47.82 seconds to win gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics.