It was yet again another extraordinary performance on international stage as Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei made the nation proud once gain after he becomes fastest long distance runner after breaking the 15-year old world record in Valencia last night.
It was yet again another stellar performance for Cheptgei as he served sports fans all over the world with a sizable dose of excitement while smashing the record in dazzling form In Valencia Spain.
The 15-year-old record of 26:17:53 that was smashed by the inform Cheptegei, was set by great Ethiopian national Kenenisa Bakele in 2005.
With the help of a tactical run that had well arranged pace setters, the Ugandan athlete ran the 25 laps in a record 26:11:02, 6: 51 way faster than the Ethiopian’s record set fifteen years ago.
Speaking to the media shortly before the race, a very confident Cheptegei assured the world that his dream in the game is to become the fastest long distance runner in history and the day’s performance indeed proved he has what it takes to achieve it.
He said the performance would serve as a springboard for achieving the long-term set objectives in the athletic game.
“I wanted to live to the expectation of the Valencia World Record Day, so it means the world to me that I fulfil my dream. We are trying to write history into the track. We want the world to know that the track is still exciting, so we give it our all so that sports lovers can have the benefit of their time.
I think this lays a foundation of what I can achieve and what’s still to come. We live in a difficult time of Covid. And this event can still give us joy and hope for tomorrow,” Cheptegei said.
This record comes just after a period of two months in which Cheptegei also set a new record in the 5,000 meters that had stood for sixteen years.
President Yoweri Museveni was among the first Ugandans to send his congratulatory message to the now chronic winner who has been the most consistent athlete in the world in the past three years as he steadily keeps improving his game.