Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei proved his prowess once again by breaking the 5000m world record at the 2020 Diamond League in Monaco on Friday night.
Cheptegei recorded a time of 12:35.36 to beat Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele’s record of 12:37.35 he set in Hengelo, Netherlands in 2004. He started the 2020 season in style by setting a new world road 5km record of 12:51 in Monaco, besting the old fastest time by 9 seconds.
Uganda’s second runner in the race Stephen Kissa started well and set the pace, but bowed out and did not finish the race. Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir from Kenya who ran neck to neck with Cheptegei in some of the laps finished second in a time of 12:51.78, while another Kenyan Jacob Krop was third.
The four athletes were financially supported by the president before they were last Saturday flagged off by First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni.
In the women’s 1000 event Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi and Winnie Nanyondo weren’t good enough as they finished fifth and eighth respectively in a race won by Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon
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